Southwestern Historical Quarterly Volume 5

Southwestern Historical Quarterly Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... Leon also brought back with him to the Guadalupe the chief, or governor, of the Tejas Indians, who was treated with much kindness by the Spaniards, and in response gave many evidences of kindly disposition. The chaplain of the company, Fray Damian Manzanet, was especially impressed with the superior qual 1 Interrogations faites a Talons, etc., Margry, III 613. 'See Derrotero de Leon, 14-1C, for story of the Frenchmen. ities of the savage chief, and was zealous to win his good will, giving him many presents and other assurances of friendship.1 The willingness and seeming sincerity with which the governor of the Tejas responded to these amicable advances encouraged the friar to make an effort to present to him the claims of the Christian religion. Making use of one of the Frenchmen as interpreter, he urged the savage chief and his people to become Christians, offering, if they wished it, to send priests to their village lo teach them; and when the chief expressed his willingness to have the priests come among his people, Father Manzanet promised to return the following year at planting time. Thus upon the banks of the Guadalupe river the Tejas Mission was conceived. The missionary fathers of Mexico already had their eyes turned with zealous longing toward this nation of superiqr savages; but events hitherto had not been favorable to the establishment of a permanent mission among them. Now by the chance cooperation of temporal circumstances an opportunity was to be offered that held a promise of success for the efforts of the priests. On the 3d of May the chief of the Tejas, with his attendants, departed, and at the same time Captain Leon and his company recrossed the Guadalupe and set out upon their return march. They reached the presidio more

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  • English
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