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man's story, he was unwilling to take any chances in a matter
which had caused the king such great concern. He decided, there-
fore, to send out another expedition, guided by Wilkinson, to
search for the town of Saint-Jean. Wilkinson recklessly assured
the viceroy that he would find the river and the town again, or
lose his head in the attempt. Juan Enriquez Barroto and Captain
Andres de Pez were now called upon again, and ordered to em-
bark in one of the vessels of the windward squadron. They were
instructed to explore only the region that lay within latitude
thirty degrees, where Wilkinson said the entrance to the river
would be found.
Pez and Barroto left Vera Cruz in the early part of March,
1688. With them went many of the men who had taken part in
the previous expeditions. Wilkinson was very much in evidence,
and regaled his companions with many stories concerning the
French town and its vicinity. The ship proceeded to Mobile Bay,
where it was safely anchored, and a smaller vessel (chalupa) was
put into commission for the exploration of the coast. Slowly and
carefully the rivers and indentations of the coast were again
examined, and at no point did the Spaniards find a navigable
river. Doubt as to the truth of Wilkinson's story grew day by
day. Finally Cape Lodo was reached, and Wilkinson, who by this
time had been placed in irons, was scornfully asked where his
town was. He replied that he did not know; that he had never
been in it himself, but had merely heard of it through some
Frenchmen at Laguna de Terminos in Yucatan. One can im-
agine the exasperation of the Spaniards when they realized that
they had been duped by the mendacious Englishman. Wilkinson
was forced to sign a sworn statement, in which he admitted that
all of his knowledge concerning the town was based only upon
For the fourth time the mouth of the greatest river on the
continent was ignored by the Spaniards. In view of Wilkinson's
confession, there was nothing to do but return home. The vessel
arrived at Vera Cruz on April 24. By this time Wilkinson had
"aDeclaration of Wilkinson at Cabo de Lodo, April 5, 1688, in expediento
entitled, El Virrey Cde de la Monclova da qta. a V M de lo que resulto
del viage q hiso Dn Andres de Pez calificando ser el Ings. vn embustero,
etc., pp. 4-6; Pez to the viceroy, April 24, 1688, Ibid., 3-4; the viceroy
to the king, May 27, 1688, Ibid., 1-2.
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