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to write. Nevertheless, Gentlemen, I see that Mr. de
la Harpe, in his journal, wants to attribute to himself
all the credit of the discovery of such a beautiful coun-
try, though it is due but to me. That is why I take
the liberty to inform you of this and to ask you, gen-
tlemen, very humbly to give me my promotion in
this country. I forgot to have the honor to tell you
that all the tribes consider Mr. de Saint Denys as their
chief. I hope to receive the favors I have the honor
to solicit from you, and I take the liberty to be, with
a very profound respect, Gentlemen,
Your very humble and very obedient servant,
Simars, Saint Denys.Fo
It seems, therefore, that there can be hardly any doubt left
that de Bellisle landed in Galveston Bay in 1719 and that his
adventures took place on Texas soil.
After his return from St. Bernard Bay, de Bellisle was sent
to the Missouri with de Bourgmond to construct a post there
in order to halt the Spanish intrusions. The French feared a
recurrence of an attempt similar to that of de Villasur in 1720.61
De Bellisle quarreled with de Bourgmond, and it does look as
if de Bellisle was not a very easy person to get along with.
When de Bourgmond went to the Padoucas in Kansas in 1724,
de Bellisle did not accompany him.
In 1733 de Bellisle obtained a year's leave for France. On
that occasion de Bienville wrote to the Count de Maurepas
that he was-
. . a very good officer who has been serving in the
colony for more than twelve years, and has spent six
at the most remote posts. He has a rather good planta-
tion near New Orleans and does not lack property in
In 1734 de Bellisle was made lieutenant. In the same year
he accompanied Petit Deliviliers on a punitive expedition against
the Chakchiumas near the Yazoo River. During the attack on
the village, de Bellisle tried to storm the door of a fortified
cabin, but received two gun shots, "one in the left hand, which
60Margry, Ddcouvertes, VI, 348-50.
51Cf. Henri Folmer, "The French Expansion toward New Mexico in the
Eighteenth Century" (Unpublished M.A. dissertation, University of Den-
ver, 1939), 100-98.
52D. Rowland and A. G. Sanders in Mississippi Provincial Archives,
French Dominion (Jackson, Mississippi: Press of the Mississippi Depart-
ment of Archives and History, 1927), I, 619-20.
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