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way, then apparently well established, though now and then the
expedition had to make short detours in order to avoid the brush
on the road. On April 4 they reached the presidio of San An-
tonio, and went immediately to the mission of San Antonio de
Valero, where their arrival was joyously celebrated.'
:3. Aguayo's Acltiities at San Antonio.-The expedition was
here joined by Father Margil, of the Zacatecan missions, and by
Fathers Gabriel Vergara,2 Joseph Guerra,3 Joseph Rodriguez, and
Brothers Joseph Albadadejo and Joseph Pita.' Since it was
near the advent of I-Holy Week, and the troops were in need of
rest, Aguayo was prevailed upon to delay his march for a short
time. To keep the men busy, however, he sent out an expedition
to hunt for the salt deposits said to be near San Antonio, and
made several minor raids to check the Indians who infested the
nearby districts. He was further anxious to establish amicable
relations with the much dreaded Apaches.5
While still at the Rio Grande, Aguayo had sent forward a com-
pany of forty soldiers, as a vanguard, under Captain Domingo
Ram6n to occupy Espiritu Santo Bay. This company probably
came as far as San Antonio with the detachment under Almaz6n.6
At any rate, it left that place for Espiritu Santo March 10. Not
having heard from it since its departure, on April 4, the day of
his arrival at San Antonio, Aguayo despatched four trusty In-
dians to find out something about it. On the 18th, a lieutenant
and four soldiers brought the news that Ram6n had taken posses-
sion of La Bahia or Espiritu Santo, in the name of His Majesty,
Pefia, Derrotero, 5.
2Gabriel Vergara was one of the Querbtaran missionaries accompanying
the Ram6n expedition, 1716. Representation hecha a su Exa por los R. R.
Padres Misioneros, in Colecoidn de Memorias, XXVII, 165.
aThe Memorias copy omits the names of Vergara and Guerra. Golecci6n
de Memories, XXVTII, 11-12.
'Brother Pita was killed while on this expedition by a party of Apaches
while he was attached to a company bearing a supply of provisions. See
Aguayo to Auditor de la Guerra, in Autos sobre diferentes puntos con-
sultados por el Governador de la Provincia de los Txas, etc., Afio de 1724,
in B. MS.
"Pefia, Derrotero, 5.
'Peila, Derrotero, 6, says that being uneasy about the company under
Ram6n which he had sent from the Rio Grande "with the detachment,
Aguayo" . . ., referring evidently to the detachment under Almazan,
which had come to investigate rumors of the French and Indian convo-
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