The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 339
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Spanish Search for La Salle's Colony, 1685-1689
have been reached, about thirty leagues west of the Rio de la
Palizada. He thought it advisable, therefore, to send out another
expedition to complete the exploration of the coast. He said that
it was impossible, however, for large ships to navigate the shallow
waters along the coast, and that it would be necessary to construct
special boats equipped with oars (barcos luengos) for that pur-
The suggestions of Palacios, although favorably reported by the
factor and the fiscal, were not to be put into execution at this
time. The arrival of the king's c4dula of August 2, 1685, grant-
ing an asiento to Martin de Echagaray for the exploration of the
Gulf coast and the Bay of Espiritu Santo, changed the whole
situation. Here we have an excellent illustration of the difficulties
of Spanish colonial administration due to the slowness of com-
munication with the mother country. Although the enterprise of
Echagaray, as has been seen,38 had practically been abandoned by
this time, the viceroy was compelled to postpone important meas-
ures in view of the belated decree of the king. Since the king
himself had already arranged for the exploration of the bay at
which the French were supposed to be settled, it seemed unneces-
sary to send out another expedition for the same purpose. The
proposed voyage to complete the exploration of the Gulf coast
was, therefore, postponed until a report could be received from
the governor of Florida in regard to the progress made by Echaga-
ray in his undertaking.84 As a result, no definite action was to
be taken in regard to a second maritime expedition during the
remainder of the term of the Conde de Paredes. It now remains
to give an account of the land expeditions authorized by Paredes
to search for the Bay of Espiritu Santo and the settlement of the
"2Palacios to the viceroy, March 15, 1686, in Testimo. de los autos, y
diligencias fechas, 161-162.
"'See page 334.
"Informe de Sebastian de Guzman y Cordova, March 21, 1686, Testimo.
de los autos, y diligencias fechas, 162-164; respuesta fiscal, March 26,
1686, Ibid., 164-168; junta general, March 28, 1686, Ibid., 168-174; the
viceroy to the king, April 3, 1686, 8 pp.
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