A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 18
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HISTORY OF NA VRRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSOLN,
governor, is a part of Louisiana. M. De
La Salle took possession in 1685, in the
name of his Most Christian Majesty; and
since then possession has been renewed
from time to time.
"Respecting the post of the Nassonites,
I cannot comprehend by what right you
pretend that it forms a part of New Mexico.
I beg leave to represent to you that
Don Antonio de Miner, who discovered
New Mexico in 1683, never penetrated
east of the province, or the Rio Bravo. It
was the French who first made alliance
with the savage tribes in this region; and
it is natural to conclude that a river that
flows into the Mississippi, and the land it
waters, belong to the King, my master.
If you will do me the pleasure to come
into this quarter, I will convince you that
I hold a post that I know how to defend.
"I have the honor to be, etc.,
" DE LA HARPE.
"Nassonite, July 8, 1719."
Immediate hostilities between these two
Chesterfieldian commanders seemed certainly
imminent, but, fortunately for the
French, D'Alarconne, not being reinforced,
as he had requested and had been promised,
resigned his position and returned to
Mexico, thus leaving the French undisturbed
in East Texas.
About the same time another French
force came to Texas, under M. Belisle, who
formed an alliance with some of the more
civilized tribes, but after a feeble effort to
maintain a settlement the project of colonization
was abandoned, and with the failare
also fell all claim of the French on
In 1768 France transferred her Louisiana
possessions to Spain, but in 1800 Spain
gave it back to France, being induced to
this course through European complications.
In 1803 the Emperor Bonaparte
sold Louisiana to the United States. Disputes
then arose as to the ownership of a
portion of Texas, and the claim was based
upon the former occupancy by La Salle.
During the discussion of these matters
a more serious one was hatching. The
numerous and powerful tribe of Natchez
Indians, and a number of other "hostiles,"
as we call them now, formed a league for
the purpose of exterminating or driving
from the country the French in Louisiana
and the Spaniards in Texas. The plans of
these red warriors were well laid, and
numbers were not lacking to carry out
their designs; for the Natchez, the Comanches
and the Apaches could put into the
field possibly as many as 40,000 braves.
Fortunately, the French commander, St.
Denis, had been informed by some of his
friends among the Indians of the plot,
whereupon he took a force and entered the
Natchez country and administered such a
telling chastisement to that tribe that it
put them out of the notion of going to
war at that period. At San Antonio, also,
there were troubles with the Indians, but
Governor Bustillos organized an expedition
and settled the redskins for the time being.
From the time of the occupation of
Texas by the Spaniards till 1820, a number
of "missions" (Catholic) were established.
The first one was founded in 1690,
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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/m1/20/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.