The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 40
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40 Texas Historical Association Quarterly
opinion that the Little River was one of the branches of the Brazos
de Dios (Arms of God).1
For some days Aguayo's route now lay almost directly north.
Trying to avoid the rivers and lagoons, he followed thus the water-
shed of the tributaries of Little River 'and the main Brazos. Veer-
in, then to the northeast, he entered the brushy region of mesquite,
and camped, June 18, a short distance from the main Bazos.
The Spaniards named it the Jesus Nazareno. Judging from the
direction followed from their crossing of Little River and the dis-
tance traveled, they must have struck the Brazos near the present
site of the city of Waco. Further evidence to the same effect is the
fact that a branch of the river, evidently the present Bosque, joined
it half a league from their crossing.2
After crossing on the 19th, they continued east-northeast two
days, when they turned and began their southward journey. From
the 21st to the 26th inclusive, their direction was in the main
southeast, and took them on a line parallel with and very close to
the Brazos River. Their journey covered, first, flowery plains,
then broken and plain ground, and finally woodland and vine-
covered country For the next three days the route lay east and
northeast-the purpose of this detour most probably being to seek
higher ground. Approximately speaking, the course here took
Aguayo and his party to about the center of Robertson county.
The last part of the march lay in boggy, wooded land, with the
ground covered with flint stones which wounded and poisoned the
After again turning south, the march became more and more
laborious, over swampy, marshy land, where the horses and droves
slipped and bogged. Finally on July 2, after the main body had
traveled six leagues southeast, word was brought back by scouts
that three more leagues would bring the expedition to the "old
T6xas road." By great effort the mounted battalion managed to
make the distance, but the rest of the expedition, infantry and
cattle, were left scattered about to be brought up later. They
'Pena, Derrotero, 10.
I2bid., 11. The surrounding country is described as exceedingly woody.
This is probably the origin of the name of Bosque River, bosque meaning
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