Along ancient trails: the Mallet expedition of 1739 by Donald J. Blakeslee

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I: 53). The Mallet brothers gave his name to Santiago Roybal in Santa Fe in 1739, and the latter wrote to Beaubois asking his help in obtaining a line of credit. Apparently the Mallets did not know that Beaubois had been recalled to France in 1735. Their ignorance of this fact Page 25 suggests that they spent most of their time on the frontier, far from New Orleans. Bellecourt, Joseph: a French-Canadian member of the 1739-1740 expedition. Bellecourt was one of three who returned to Illinois from the Canadian River rather than going with the Mallets to New Orleans.

Teja guides took him to the presidio at San Juan Bautista on the Rio Grande. The Spanish responded by colonizing Texas and revitalizing the abandoned Teja missions. But there was a more immediate danger. By 1719, Comanches had begun to attack New Mexican pueblos as well as Apache camps. When they killed people near both Taos and Cochiti, Valverde y Cosío led an expedition against them (John 1975: 243-247). Moving north into eastern Colorado, he learned of the destruction of some Apache rancherias and the flight of half of the Sierra Blanca band from its traditional lands.

Castaño's expedition was not authorized by the viceroy, nor was another led by Francisco Leyva de Bonilla and Antonio Gutiérrez de Humaña in 1593. Humaña and Leyva de Bonilla persisted in their exploration beyond the pueblos and into the Great Plains. Far in the interior, violence erupted. First Humaña killed Leyva de Bonilla. Then the natives attacked the rest, leaving a single survivor to be found by Juan de Oñate in 1598 (Hammond and Rey 1966: 323-326). King Philip II authorized establishment of a New Mexican colony in 1583, but various delays prevented Oñate, the man selected as adelantado, from leading his expedition northward until 1598.

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