The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 53
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The Aguayo Expesdition
about two miles west of Robeline, and went by the name of Adayes
in the records and directories down to the seventies. This con-
tinuity of name, and, as far as can be ascertained, the approxi-
mate location, give reason to believe that the Mexican colony was
settled at the site of the Spanish mission of 1721.1
While on his way from Mission Dolores to Mission San Miguel,
Aguayo was overtaken by the messenger he had sent back to Mex-
ico from San Antonio with instructions to his attorney to fit out
a ship to ply between Vera Cruz and La Bahia with provisions for
his expedition. The viceroy had approved the plan, and the ship
had been bought. About the middle of October, while at los
Adaes, Aguayo received word that the ship had safely reached
La Bahia on September 8, bringing three hundred and fifty
"cargoes" of flour, one hundred and fifty of corn, and other neces-
saries for the soldiers. The news was a relief, for the corn in
Texas had been failing, and great anxiety had been felt. On the
20th of October, forty of the "cargoes" arrived, on the mules which
Aguayo had left in San Antonio for that purpose, and November
1, four hundred sheep and three hundred cattle reached los Adaes
from the New Kingdom of Le6n, some eight hundred miles dis-
6. The Return to San Antonio.-With the Mission of San
Miguel de los Adaes rebuilt, the presidio of Nuestra Sefiora del
Pilar erected and garrisoned with one hundred men and six can-
non, and with the good will of the Indians won, Aguayo was ready
to take up his return march. He had intended to. leave on No-
vember 12, but a violent sleet and snow storm delayed him. Ac-
cording to. the Derrotero, the trees were so laden with ice that
more than two thousand fell in the neighborhood, killing many
horses and mules. The weather moderated, the cattle were herded,
and the march began on the 17th. The return was without inci-
dent. At Mission Guadalupe, Aguayo received word of the royal
cedula of May 26,3 1721. In this the king approved the entrada,
renewed the order that no war be made on the French, ordered
that the province be fortified with presidios wherever needed, and
lI am indebted for the information regarding the Mexican colony at
Robeline to the Very Reverend Bishop Van de Ven of Natchitoches.
'Pefia, Derrotero, 22.
SDerrotero, 23, gives the date as May 6, evidently just a slip.
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