Athanase de Mézières and the Louisiana-Texas Frontier, 1768-1780: Documents Pub. for the First Time, from the Original Spanish and French Manuscripts, Chiefly in the Archives of Mexico and Spain; Tr. Into English, Volume 2

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Herbert Eugene Bolton
Arthur H. Clark Company, 1914 - Indians of North America
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Page 268 - ... the Minister of Marine and of the Indies did me the honor to address to me in the name of the king, and which your Lordship had sent to me, an honor so signal that I avow both the confusion which it causes me, in view of the mediocrity of my services and of my lack of words in which to attest my sse The reference is to Document 195.
Page 270 - I had already arranged with three of the chief men of his own nation, whom I knew to be his rivals, that they should conduct him to Natchitoches, under the promise that he would share in the presents which I intended for them, and make an end to him on the road, being sure that there would not be lacking something to which to attribute his death, without causing suspicion of anything unnatural. This plan would have been carried out had it not been for the epidemic, which, taking away my agents, left...
Page 203 - Their government is democratic, not even excluding the women, in consideration of what they contribute to the welfare of the republic. The women tan, sew, and paint the skins, fence in the fields, care for the cornfields, harvest the crops, cut and fetch the fire-wood, prepare the food, build the houses, and rear the children, their constant care stopping at nothing that contributes to the comfort and pleasure of their husbands.
Page 291 - Chavanons, and others; on the east by West Florida, Georgia, and Carolina ; and on the west by New Mexico and New Spain.
Page 252 - ... down to this day, of Notary Pillard of this place. All the papers are in good order and chests are all ready to remove them in case of fire. You will find herewith the list of the Sr. Badeaux, which (papers) are at his home all in good order, of which His Excellency may rest assured.
Page 267 - MY GOVERNOR: I received on the 25th, by M. Rose, who left Opelusas the 22d of the same month, the dispatches which you addressed to M. De Mezieres, Don Antonio Gil y Barbo, Juaquin Hortega, and Francisco Garcia, who has read your letter, having just arrived at that moment and being obliged to depart tomorrow for the town. I have resealed the packet which I am sending to Juaquin Hortega, and which I send, the same as the former ones, to Capue, by a messenger named Louis Bayonne as far as Nacodoches,...
Page 34 - The French continue to trade in guns, powder, and balls, which they exchange for ... beasts of burden. They do not raise horses and mules, hence, in order to supply the need, it is necessary to obtain them from the Indians in trade. To supply these it is the custom for the Indians to come and rob our lands, as in fact they are now doing. Indeed they have...
Page 44 - Ripperda, as well as from the respective complaints which the cabildo and citizens of the villa of San Fernando and the presidio of San Antonio de Bejar made last year.
Page 82 - In order to bring together the Gaignard journal and the two letters relating to it, a slight departure from the chronological order has been made here. Gaignard gives some account of himself near the end of this letter. Other data relative to the circumstances of sending him on this mission are given in Document 137. See also pages 99-100. 70 Pap. Proc. de Cuba, leg. 189-1, no. 127. 71 Baltazar de Villiers, lieutenant-governor of Natchitoches during the absence of De Mezieres in Europe. 72 The term...
Page 187 - Cruz204 and returning to it below the customary crossing of the Guadalupe, I directed my course through the rough and trackless regions where the Comanches had their corrals and dwellings, without finding the least trace of these Indians, who for more than a year have ceased the depredations and rapine to which they were so addicted in these parts. After leaving the Guadalupe River I crossed the Colorado and Brasos, where there are great quantities of all kinds of fish and birds, valuable timber...

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