The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 403
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Beginnings of Mission Nuestra Senora Del Refugio 403
Llano Grande on the 30th. This village was located at the junc-
tion of the San Antonio with the Guadalupe. Here, too, was an
assemblage of Indians, likewise clamoring for a mission, for which
they chose a site near the spot, called by Garza Refugio, because
he had been there on July 17, 1791.
Returning to La Bahia, Garza reported to Governor Mufioz
and requested his aid. The governor asked for a report on the
site, that he might use it as a basis for a report to Mexico. This
was on November 22. Without waiting for the report, Mufioz
sent Garza's letter to the viceroy, who called a junta on January
4, 1792. The junta, without waiting for further reports, ordered
the founding of the desired mission. This was unusually prompt
Father Silva went from Zacatecas to the City of Mexico, reach-
ing there after the founding of the mission had been ordered.
But he proposed, as a means of carrying out his larger project,
the secularization of Mission Valero and several other old mis-
sions on the Texas frontier.
Returning to Texas affairs, it may be said that Father Garza
in August went again to the coast, where he found 208 Indians
at Muelle Viejo (Old Wharf), where he left them while he re-
turned to La Bahia. Muelle Viejo seems to have been at the vil-
lage or near the village of Llano Grande. In December Presi-
dent L6pez called Garza to San Antonio to see about carrying
out the order, which had arrived from Mexico, to found the new
mission. In January, 1793, Father Garza returned, now in com-
pany with Governor Mufioz and Father Velasco to Muelle Viejo
to found the mission, finding at the spot 138 persons, the rest
having dispersed to hunt subsistence.
Mufioz wished to found the mission on February 2, but the
friars preferred to wait till the 4th, Refugio's day.s The governor
insisted, the fathers yielded, and it was planned to perform the
ceremony on February 3; but a storm arose, and the patron saint
had her way, the mission being founded on the 4th, with 238
Indians. At this time temporary buildings were put up. The
site was near the junction of the San Antonio and the Guadalupe.
8I do not turn aside here to identify the saints' days mentioned, but
merely summarize Father Garza's statements.
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