The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 351
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Spanish Search for La Salle's Colony, 1685-1689
Thus the second maritime expedition, while it had not dis-
covered the French settlement, had secured excellent evidence for
believing that nothing more was to be apprehended from it. This
optimistic view was expressed by the viceroy in a letter to the king,
dated July 25, 1687. He said:
The whole Gulf of Mexico has been examined with the most
exact diligence possible . .. without there having been found
in it or on its entire coast any port, river or bay in the posses-
sion of enemies or of Europeans, or any signs of settlement or
fortification anywhere. . . . Wherefore the whole monarchy
of Your Majesty is to be congratulated; for, although this king-
dom would never be endangered by a settlement of enemies along
this coast, since they could be dislodged, it is much better that
no such settlement should exist, and that the many plausible false-
hoods that have been told both here and in Spain concerning this
matter should be so felicitously disproved.59
As has been stated, the long delay in the return of the piraguas
had caused the viceroy to become alarmed as to their safety, and
on June 20 he instructed Admiral Navarro to select two frigates
from the squadron under his command, to search for the missing
vessels. Great haste was urged, as the summer was well advanced,
and it was desired to take advantage of the good weather.6e
Navarro selected Andres de Pez and Francisco de Gamarra both
captains in the armada de barlovento, to make the voyage. Two
sloops of the armada were utilized. The same instructions were
given as on the preceding expedition. Such haste was made that
the vessels were ready, and sailed from Vera Cruz ten days after
the viceroy's order was received. Just three days later the pira-
guas entered the harbor. Efforts were made to recall Pez and
Gamarra at Tampico, but in vain. Reports from the Indians near
Tampico caused them to fear that the piraguas had indeed been
lost, and in consequence of this news they explored the coast more
carefully perhaps than they would otherwise have done. The same
wrecked vessels were found at San Bernardo Bay, but no other
events of importance occurred. The vessels returned in Septem-
ber, having accomplished no more than the expedition of Rivas
and Iriarte. Their corroboration of the previous voyage thus
5"The viceroy to the king, July 25, 1687, p. 1.
6The viceroy to Navarro, June 20, 1687, 2 pp.
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