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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Father Pefiasco in 1674. Again, it was an Indian of this mission
who discovered and told Father Massanet of the presence of a
Frenchman in the country beyond the Rio Grande. Being inter-
ested in this report, Massanet imparted it to Captain Alonso de
Le6n who had already entered Texas in search of the French and
in 1687 had been appointed Governor of Coahuila. With the new
governor's connivance, but without the knowledge and approval of
the Province of Jalisco, Massanet took some Christians Indians
from Mission de la Caldera and with them founded at a distance
of one league the Mission of Santiago.6" There is reason to believe
that, when founding this mission, Massanet had in mind the
expedition which he and Alonso de Le6n soon after made to Texas,
for the purpose of locating the French. At all events, it is inter-
esting to note how Massanet, a Queretaro Franciscan in charge of a
Jalisco mission, forms the link connecting the occupation of eastern
Texas, achieved by Alonso de Le6n, with the earlier entradas of
three Jalisco friars-Manuel de la Cruz, Pefiasco de Lozano, and
Larios-who with Fernando del Bosque may on this account be,
regarded as the forerunners of Captain De Le6n's expedition to
"This unauthorized procedure of Massanet was resented by the Province,
o Jalisco and made the subject of an official investigation, conducted by
the alcalde mayor of Saltillo. See "Investigacion sobre la erection de la
mision de Santiago por el P. Fr. Damian Massanet. Affo de 1690," MS.-
Manuscritos Historicos-Archivo Biblioteca Publico del Estado Jalisco, I,
666-734. U. T. L.-The first and the last page of this document are
missing. See also "Letter of Fray Damian Massanet to Don Carlos de
Siguenza, 1690" in Spanish Emploration, loc. cit., pp. 354-356. In this
letter Massanet says nothing about the founding of Mission de Santiago.
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