The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 353
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Spaniskl Search for La SBalle's Colony, 1685-1689
Saint-Jean, located near the Bay of Espiritu Santo, that the
Spaniards were planning to attack their settlement. After a voy-
age of several weeks, they reached the latitude of .thirty degrees,
and anchored outside the mouth of a large river. The next day
a canoe was seen approaching, containing three Indians and a
Frenchman. When hailed in French they came on board, and
Wilkinson found, strange to say, that the Frenchman was a friend
of his named La Fleur. The captain of the ship, La Fleur, and
Wilkinson soon got into the canoe, and proceeded up the river for
thirty leagues, until they reached the town. The place was strongly
fortified, Wilkinson said. The chief defence consisted of a castle
with twenty-two cannon, garrisoned by fifty or sixty soldiers. A
short distance away, there was a redoubt of eleven guns. The
wharf was protected by nine guns. The population of the town,
he thought, was about four hundred, but there were many haciendas
on the river, and the total population of the region would prob-
ably reach one thousand-all French. When asked by whom the
town had been founded, Wilkinson said that he thought that a
Monsieur de Salas was the founder, but that he was not certain.
He remained in the settlement, he said, for more than six months,
during which time he became enamoured of a widow who owned a
plantation on the river, and married her. Being tired of wander-
ing around, he decided that he had found the place where he could
pass the remainder of his life in tranquility. He therefore re-
solved to go to London to realize on some property he had there,
and then return to Saint-Jean to end his days. It was while on
his way to London, he said, that he had been captured by the
Spaniards and taken to Havana. Wilkinson gave endless details
concerning the settlement of the French, and showed remarkable
ingenuity in answering the many questions that were propounded
to him by the Spanish officials.62
While the viceroy doubted the truth of the loquacious English-
0-Declaration of Wilkinson, November 21 and 22, 1687, in expediente
entitled, El Virrey Conde de la Monclova da qta a V. M. de hauer em-
biado al Capn. Dn Andres de Pez en un Patache de la Armada a repetir
el reconozimiento del Seno Mexno por una Declarazion q higo un Ingles
diciendo hauer estado en la poblazion que franzeses tenian en la Costa
de tierra adentro 40 leguas, pp. 5-23. Wilkinson's declaration in Havana
is found in Ibid., 24-29; and that made in Vera Cruz, Ibid., 29-34. The
first examination in the city of Mexico lasted for seven hours, and had
to be suspended until the following day.
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