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1687.] ERA OF DISCOVERIES AND MISSIONS.
lowly mound a cross.* In that lonely spot, in that hum-
ble grave, was buried (March 19 or 20, 1687) the man
whom Louis the Grand had delighted to honor, and whose
name was to live for centuries. Many have pronounced
his life a failure, because he did not accomplish what he
had planned; but let no Texan sanction such a judgment,
for had it not been for his patience and energy, his de-
scription of our soil and climate, Texas would not have
been settled so soon, and her entire history might have
In La Salle's native city, Rouen (roo 6n'), there stands
a grand statue of this gallant son of France, and his
name is spoken of with affection and with reverence.
May we not hope that in Texas a stately monument
will some day rise in memory of the Columbus of his age?
The Colony.-The murderers did not prosper; they
soon quarreled among themselves, and both Duhaut and
Liotot were killed. A few of the men, continuing their
journey northward, found De Tonti, and returned to
France; as to the fate of those who remained in Texas
nothing is positively known. The colonists at Fort St.
Louis, with no wise ruler, fared badly. They could not
agree among themselves; sickness greatly decreased
their numbers; and through bad management food be-
came scarce. The Indians attacked them and killed all
but five, nor is it recorded what became of all the un-
happy survivors. On this-the first European settlement
* The exact spot where La Salle was murdered and buried is not known,
but the best authorities declare it to be on the Neches River.
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