Near Santa Maria in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Near Routes of Alonso de Leon Expeditions
De Leon's first expedition in 1686 followed the Rio San Juan to the mouth of the Rio Grande. In 1687 his second expedition crossed the Rio Grande near present-day Roma, made its way to the river's mouth, and proceeded up the coast to near Los Olmos Creek and Baffin Bay.
On his third expedition in 1688 de Leon captured Frenchman Jean Henri near present-day Bracketville. Convinced that the French had settled in Texas, de Leon led a military expedition in 1689 that crossed the Guadalupe river near present-day Victoria before discovering and destroying what remained of La Salle's Fort St. Louis settlement in the Matagorda Bay area.
De Leon led an expedition into southeast Texas in 1690 that established the area's first Spanish mission, San Francisco de Los Tejas, and eventually led to Spain's Great Enterprise of colonizing Texas.
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical
Location. 26° 3.716′ N, 97° 47.044′ W. Marker is near Santa Maria, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on U.S. 281, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in a roadside park, about 4.5 miles east of Santa Maria. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Maria TX 78592, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iraqi D-20 152mm Howitzer (approx. 13.3 miles away).
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2009, by Robert E Arnold of Mission, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,773 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2009. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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