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THE CROZAT GRANT.
Spanish Settlements.- On De Leon's return, he pic-
tured the climate and soil in such glowing colors, and
described the Indians as being so mild and docile, that
the Spanish authorities decided to found a mission at
Fort St. Louis. In 1690 the mission of San Francisco
was opened amid the ruins of La Salle's little fort. The
next year the new governor of Coahuila, Don Domingo
de Teran, gladly received orders to establish in Texas
eight other missions. Several attempts were made, but
none of them proved permanently successful; when
drought ruined their crops the Indians at once lost faith
in the "God of the pale-face" and were ready to rebel;
the horses and cattle of the Spaniards mysteriously dis-
appeared, and were afterward found in possession of the
savages; the sQldiers grew harsh, and were only too ready
to return wrong for wrong and injury for injury, while
the red men grew to hate the bold Europeans who were
fast becoming. masters of the land. Finally, in 1693,
the priests, at the command of the Spanish government,
abandoned the missions; late at night they buried their
bells and other property they could not take with them,
and sadly returned to Coahuila. For twenty years after
this neither Spain nor France took any steps toward
The Crozat (ero' za) Grant.-In 1712, all lands drained
by the Mississippi and its branches were granted by the
King of France to Anthony Crozat, one of the keenest
financiers of his time. He determined, by opening a
trade with Mexico, through Texas, to make a fortune.
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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/m1/24/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .