The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 62
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the greatest glory and honor of His Majesty for whom we have
Excuse me for giving further information of the entry into
Natchitoches. The settlements and divisions of the country along
the road, and other information about the entry of that region by
his brother you will receive from Diego Ram6n. It is his place
to give it.
[Final Warning Against the French]
It is also important to explore the mouth of Rio del Misuri,
where the settlements of the French and the Illinois Indians are
located, which I have already described to your Excellency, and
to place a barrier against them so that they may not go further
up the river to discover the advantages of settling. Their com-
munication is altogether by way of the rivers and if a barrier be
placed near the Illinois Indians, at Natchitoches, and at Bahia
del Espiritu Santo, the French will be encircled as they have en-
circled the English of New Carolina. While the French have the
settlement of Pensacola at their backs it is very necessary to hold
that port and to fortify it still better with a fortress and walls,
even though much royal treasure be expended therein. Since war
may occur with France the French may seize it with little effort.
I have heard them say so. During the past wars Spain might
have lost this port and the English might have seized it if the
French of Mobile had not furnished a subsidy. The port of Pen-
sacola is the best port that our Catholic Majesty has in the whole
of the Indies and is a stronghold for an armada, as I have heard
it said to the cosmographer of His Majesty when, in times past, he
went to explore by sea. With all these precautions His Majesty
will be assured of a great kingdom in these vast regions which
abound in riches. May God, our Lord, preserve your Excellency's
life for many years for the propagation of the Holy Faith and the
increase of the royal crown.
Dated in this mission of San Francisco de los Tejas, to-day,
November 4, 1716. . .
Fr. Francisco Hidalgo.6
OReport of Hidalgo, November 14, 1716. Ibid., 24-35.
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