The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 18 of 330
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tion concerning his connection with the
Spanish adventurer, Peiialosa, then urging
a similar invasion by the channel of the
Rio Grande or the Panuco. The similarity
of their plans has led to the suspicion of
collusion, but it is probable that La Salle
became acquainted with the adventurer, and
then merely appropriated what was best in
the latter's project, to bolster up his own.
He may be partially justified in this course
by the fact that Peialosa was pursuing a
like policy with him. Possibly La Salle,
as other authorities intimate, may have had
some expectation that Pefialosa would follow
him, but if so, it would simply be as
an independent venture.
The details of this last disastrous voyage,
the divided responsibility, the resultant
quarrels between La Salle and Beaujeu,
the mistaken landing upon the coast of
Texas, the fruitless efforts of La Salle to
find his "fatal river," his pitiable death at
the hands of his own men, and the subsequent
wanderings of the remnant of his
party that finally reached France, have been
graphically pictured by his faithful follower,
Joutel, whose abridged narrative
forms the main portion of our second
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/18/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.