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Cenis Indians, revealed to him many traces of communication be-
tween the natives and the neighboring Spaniards of New Mexico,.
and also evidences of hostility on the part of the Indians toward
these same Spaniards, due, as later writers explained, to the recent
rising of the New Mexican Indians.- LaSalle, however, was un-
able to take advantage of this hostility to further the ends of
France; and his explorations were equally futile, since they de-
pended for a base of operations upon a settlement that was unable
even to maintain itself while its leader sought to transfer it to the
Mississippi. Had the colony, despite the mistake in its location,
succeeded in establishing itself upon the coast of Texas, it would
still have been more difficult to maintain it there than at the mouth
of the Mississippi, owing to its separation from Canada by an addi-
tional hundred leagues of fairly dangerous seacoast. It must in-
evitably have remained a thing apart, constantly menaced by
savage and Spanish foes. In view of this fact and of its early ex-
tinction it affords, therefore, only a slender basis for French and
American claims to Texas.
The entradas of 1689 and 1690 established Spanish missions in
northeast Texas among the Indians of that name, while that of
1691-92 penetrated, under Don Domingo Terin, to the River of the
Cadodachos (Red River), of which it made a perfunctory exam-
ination.2 This last expedition, however, was a failure so far as its
main purpose,-the permanent establishment of the Spanish in
Texas,-was concerned; and in 1693 the missions among the Texas
Indians were abandoned, so that the entire province reverted
to the undisturbed possession of its savage inhabitants.
For a time the exigencies of European war prevented Louis
XIV from continuing the exploration and settlement of the Missis-
sippi Valley. When, in 1697, the return of peace permitted him
to turn his attention again to these projects, there was an addi-
tional motive for haste in the prospect that the English would soon
become the bitter rivals of the French for the possession of the
'Historia XLIIT, Opisculo VI, Pars. 15, 16.
'Memorias de Nueva Espaila, XXVII 95. This is volume XXVII, Sec-
ci6n de Historia, Archivo General, Mexico. Volumes XXVII and XXVIII
of this series relate almost wholly to Texas. The writer has examined
copies of these volumes in the Archivo General of the City of Mexico; inl
the library of Mr. E. E. Ayers, of Chicago; and in the Lenox Library.
His references are to the last mentioned copy.
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