The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 98
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colonizing projects, makes known the correct date and clears up
the circumstances under which the Spanish authorities first learned
of the La Salle expedition; and sets forth the genesis of the larger
plans for the search for the French. Chapter III is a valuable
contribution to the general history of European diplomacy, and
serves to reveal the importance in colonial days, usually overlooked,
of affairs on the remote American frontiers in the shaping of
In Chapters IV and V Dr. Dunn gives a more comprehensive
statement than hitherto has been made of the different: expedi--
tions sent out by sea and land to discover La Salle's whereabouts.
Notable in his account are the story of the little known Delgado
expedition from Florida, and of the altogether unknown (I fancy)
expedition of Retana from Chihuahua, instigated by the famous
Indian Sabeata. In the chapter on the first occupation of East-
ern Texas the chief contributions are the clear account of the lit-
tie known relief expedition lee! by Cregorio de Salinas, and of the
exact circumstances under which the remote mission was aban-
doned in the fall of 1693. Chapters VII and VIII contain a full
and authoritative statement of the events leading to the occupation
of Pensacola, and of Sjnain's impotence to eject the French in-
truders and her consequent acquiescence in the French occupation
of Biloxi and Mobile Bay.
Not only on these unknown or imperfectly known episodes, but
likewise on most of the well known episodes, Dr. Dunn adds a
rich contribution of inelesting facts drawn from new sources.
The book is well written, has the necessary apparatus of profes-
sional scholarship, and, though a detailed monograph, possesses
human interest. Dr. Dunn has proved himself a master of Span-
ish archives, highly competent to assemble materials, interpret
them independently, oand set forth the results. HIe has established
himself as a. leader in his chosen field.
If the reviewer's digestion were bad, if he had a grudge against
the author, or if e felt it necessary to make this review an occa-
sion to display his own knowledge, he might proceed now to picl;
flaws. Put lo, has none of the afflictions, and he therefore refrains.
HERBERT E. BOLTON.
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