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proposed at the court of France an expedition against New Spain.
Incident to the investigation of the report, the royal secretaries
brought forth Benavides's memorial of 1630, and noted his recom-
mendation that the Bay of Espiritu Santo be occupied as a base
of operations in New Mexico and Quivira and as a defence against
the encroachment of foreigners. Thereupon the king asked the
viceroy for a report on the geography of the country east of New
Mexico and the feasibility of Benavides's plan-"what advantages
would come from Christianizing the kingdoms of Quivira and
Tagago [Teguayo]; what means would be needed to effect it;
whether it could be done better by the way of Florida than through
the Bay of Espiritu Santo; and whether any danger was to be
feared from the proposals of Pefialosa."
Some time before August 2, 1685, Martin de Echegaray, pilot
major and captain at Pensacola, reported to the king the danger
that the French might occupy the Bay of Espiritu Santo and enter
thence to New Mexico. He accordingly repeated the suggestion of
Father Benavides, and offered to explore the bay with a view to its
occupation and to prepare a map of the coast. A junta de guerra
approved the proposal, and on August 2 the king ordered the gov-
ernor of Florida to cooperate with Echegaray. At the same time,
he repeated the request for the report from the viceroy, which had
not yet been made, "in order that from all directions may be had
the desired notices with respect to all the foregoing,, for the greater
security and certainty of the achievement of the discovery of the
said Bay of Espiritu Santo. and the kingdoms of Quivira and Tag-
ago, and of their settlement and conservation, in order thereby to
make the said provinces of Florida secure from the menaces in
which they stand from the corsairs and pirates who commonly infest
1Bolton, "Notes on Clark's The Beginnings of Texas," in T.E QUAR-
TERLY, XII, 152; Duro, Don Diego de Persalosa, 50-53.
'C6dula of August 2, 1685, printed in Duro, Pefialosa, 50-53. Without
knowing the date of Echegaray's proposal, it can not be stated whether it
was made before or after news of the La Salle expedition reached Florida.
It may have been suggested by the La Salle expedition of 1682 down the
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