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LA SALLE S SECOND VOYAGE.
In spite of the plots of enemies, La Salle succeeded in
obtaining from the king all he asked. This caused him
to feel repaid for the toil and trouble he had undergone.
Fame seemed waiting to crown her son.
La Salle's Second Voyage.-On July 24, 1684, La
Salle sailed once more for America. In his four ships
he carried about three hundred people; among them-
were women, as well as priests, soldiers, and mechanics.*
He also had tools, cannon, ammunition, huge supplies
of provisions-in short, everything to make the colony
a success. After a stormy voyage, during which one of
his vessels was captured near Santo Domingo by the
Spaniards, La Salle and his men came into the Gulf of
Mexico. This was to them an unknown body of water.
They did not know even the latitude and longitude of
their destination, the mouth of the Mississippi. La Salle
had one opinion, the captain another, and the pilot still
another. It is then not surprising that they sailed too
far south and west, passing even below Matagorda Bay.
Fearing that they had made a mistake, La Salle sent out
exploring parties, one of which found an inlet that the
leader felt sure was one of the mouths of the great river.
"La Belle," the ship King Louis had given La Salle, en-
tered Matagorda Bay February, 1685, but the "Aimable"
(A ma'bl,) was wrecked in trying to cross the bar. The
*Bancroft says: "One hundred men, the scum of the French towns, were
recruited as soldiers; thirty were volunteers, for the most part gentlemen by birth;
there were also artisans, laborers, servants, many families of colonists, a number
of girls seeking husbands, four Franciscans and three priests, one of whom was
La Salle's brother."
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/16/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .