A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 17
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTI'ES.
Texas became known in Mexico measures
were taken to dislodge the French, and the
Count of Monclova, who became viceroy
in November, 1686, made the dislodgment
one of the first acts of his administration.
A military post was established in the interior,
and Captain De Leon made governor
of Coahuila. The governor from his post
sent out a party to oust the French from
their post on the Lavaca river. This Spanish
captain or governor was a very humane
man. He recovered, not to say captured,
a few of the followers of La Salle, and
kindly sent them back to their own country.
Also learning of the brutal murder
of La Salle, Captain De Leon sought out
two of the conspirators, who were among
the Indians, and after a trial sent them to
the mines for life. He founded the mission
of San Juan Bautista, on the Rio
Grande, at Presidio. De Leon was succeeded,
in 1691, by Domingo Teran, who
became much interested in Texas, and
penetrated the country as far as the Red
river. In 1712 Louis XIV. of France
granted to Anthony Crozat, a merchant,
the Louisiana country, and a trading
expedition was sent out to the Rio Grande
by him. In 1718 war was declared between
France and Spain, and in 1719 St.
Denis and La Harpe, two French captains,
collected a small force and invaded Texas,
but they were repulsed by the Spaniards.
Don Martin D'Alarconne, at that time
having become governor of Texas, backed
by a considerable force, proceeded to dislodge
the few remaining French who had
not left the country. La Harpe, in fact,
had not left, but had taken refuge with
some friendly Indians. As showing the
courtesy existing between military conmanders
of that day, the following corresponderce
"ilonsieur: I am very sensible of the
politeness that M. De Bienville and yourself
had the goodness to show me. The
orders that I have received from the King,
my master, are to maintain a good understanding
with the French of Louisiana.
My own inclinations lead me to afford
them all equally the services that depend
" But I am compelled to say that your
arrival at the Nassonite village surprises
me much. Your governor could not be
ignorant that the post you occupy belongs
to my government, and that all the lands
west of the Nassonites depend upon New
Mexico. I counsel you to advise M. De
Bienville of this, or you will force me to
oblige you to abandon lands that the
French have no right to occupy.
t"I have the honor to be, etc.,
"Trinity River, May 20, 1719."
To this polite epistle the French commander
"ion7sieur: The order from his Catholic
Majesty to maintain a good understanding
with the French of Louisiana,
and the kind intentions you have yourself
expressed toward then, accord but little
with your proceedings. Permit me to inform
you that M. De Bienville is perfectly
informed as to the limits of his
government, and is very certain that the
post of the Nassonites depends not upon
the dominions of his Catholic Majesty.
He also knows that the province of Las
Tekas (Texas), of which you say you are
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/19/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.