The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 31
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The Aguayo Expedition
Joseph Codallos y Riabal, who was coming to Texas as vicar-gen-
eral of the Bishop of Guadalajara.1 The expedition was further
increased by the companies of Juan Cortinas and Alonso de Car-
denas, and a Texas missionary, Benito Sanchez,2 who was then at
the Mission of San Juan Bautista on the Rio Grande.
2. Rumors of St. Denis.-While on the Rio Grande, Aguayo
February 2, 1720, received disquieting tidings from Captain
Mathias Garcia, of the presidio of San Antonio de Bexar. Garcia
had been informed by some Sanas Indians that St. Denis and
other Frenchmen, with unknown designs, were in convocation with
many Indian nations thirty miles from Garcia's pYesidio. A coun-
cil of war, held by Aguayo, immediately despatched one hundred
and sixteen men with Captains Tomas de Zubiria and Miguel Col6n
under Lieutenant-Governor Almazin to investigate the report.
In the meantime Garcia had sent out for the same purpose Juan
Rodriguez, a chief of the Rancheria Grande Indians, who was
then in San Antonio petitioning that a mission be founded for
fifty families of his nation. Juan Rodriguez returned February
25, stating that he had gone to the neighborhood of the Brazos,
but had not dared to go farther; that he had not seen any of the
Indians of the Rancheria Grande, whose settlement he would have
passed in the distance he had covered, and who, he supposed, were
at the convocation; that this supposition had, in fact, been con-
firmed by a Sanas Indian, who said that the Rancheria Grande
Indians were at St. Denis's convocation, with many other nations,
all of whom were well equipped with horses and guns, and that
the gathering was between the two branches of the Brazos, above
the T6xas road.4
On account of these disquieting rumors, Aguayo. hastened his
passage of the Rio Grande, and set out for San Antonio March
24. In the main, his route lay on the camino real, the royal high-
1Peia, Derrotero, 2 and 3.
2Peia, Derrotero, 3. Benito SSnchez had accompanied the Ram6n expe-
dition in 1716. Representacion hecha a su Exa por los R. R. Padres Mis-
ioneros, in Coleccidn de Memorias, XXVII, 165. He had had charge of the
Mission of San Joseph de los Nazonis, and had probably come as far as
the Rio Grande with Espinosa, when the latter was on his way to Mexico
"The Memorias copy spells this Samas. Colecci6n de Memorias,
'Pefia, Derrotero, 3.
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