The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 345
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Apalache, where Delgado was to be furnished with the necessary
men and supplies.47
Shortly after the departure of Delgado for Apalache, Cabrera
received the viceroy's despatch of March 30 ordering him to re-
port on the progress made by Echagaray, and to send in any
information that he might be able to acquire concerning the
French. In reply, Cabrera said that nothing had been heard of
Echagaray, and that he doubted the latter's ability to carry out
his contract. He told of his own action in sending out Delgado,
and expressed the hope that he would soon be able to report some-
thing definite concerning the settlement of the French.4s
Delgado left Apalache on August 28, 1686, with a force of
thirteen soldiers and forty natives. A diary was kept of each
day's journey, the details of which, although of interest for the
local history of Florida and Alabama, need not concern us here.
The expedition traveled toward the northwest, through an un-
known country, being compelled to blaze a trail before them.
After passing through several Indian villages, and receiving their
submission, on September 17 they reached Miculasa, the first set-
tlement of the Tabasa Indians, more than one hundred leagues
from Apalache. Here they were well received by the cacique,
and on the following day six other chiefs assembled to meet the
Spaniards. Delgado presented them with gifts, and told them
that he was on a mission of much importance for the service of
his king. He asked them for provisions, but the Indians said
that they had none to give him on account of the long drought.
Following the advice of these chiefs, he despatched messengers
from Miculasa to the Mobilas, notifying the latter of his approach,
and requesting them to gather a supply of provisions for his men.
Already it was seen that the great scarcity of food was likely to
endanger the success of the expedition. In a letter to Cabrera,
written on September 19, Delgado gave an account of his oper-
ations, and expressed the fear that he would be unable to com-
plete the exploration. He pointed out, however, that the expedi-
tion would have been a success if nothing more were accomplished
4Instructions to Delgado, June 28, 1686, Ibid., 62-63; Cabrera to the
viceroy, June 28, 1686, Ibid., 60-61; same to same, July 22, 1686, Ibid.,
84-87; Cabrera to the king, September 24, 1686, Ibid., 98-99.
"Cabrera to the viceroy, July 22, 1686, Ibid., 84-90.
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