Save the Young, the 1691 Expedition of Captain Martinez to Rescue the Last Survivors of the Massacre at Fort St. Louis, Texas

by William C. Foster

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Cover illustration by Jack Jackson, Austin, Texas. This booklet was prepared in conjunction with the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, Texas. The 1691 diary which includes the Spanish original as well as an English translation by Ned Brierly, is significant for it completes the account of the earlier 1690 rescue of the first three French children translated into English by Herbert E. Bolton nearly 90 years ago. It brings to light the official documentary of how the other two French children were saved first by Karankawa women and later by Spanish soldiers. The Martinez diary also confirms that there was another young French Girl who survived but stayed with the Indians. In addition the book narrates some of the exploits of Captain Francisco Martinez who was second in command and French Interpreter for Alonso De León on two expeditions and later with the Terán de los Rios expedition. He was also second in command at Pensacola when the French first arrived, yet very little is known about his genealogy and background. As Foster notes ” a comprehensive study of the life and service of the author of our diary, Francisco Martinez, has yet to be written.” Corpus Christi, TX Privately Printed 2004 1st Ed., 52Pgs. PB

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