Alonso de Le??n's 1690 expedition diary into Texas: an edition and study of the Spanish texts with semi-paleographic transcriptions

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Title: Alonso de Le??n's 1690 expedition diary into Texas: an edition and study of the Spanish texts with semi-paleographic transcriptions
Author: McLain, Jana Dale
Abstract: The 1690 expedition led by Alonso de Le ? ?n into present day Texas proved to be a pivotal journey that had lasting effects on the development of Spain's land north of the Rio Grande . This expedition established the first Catholic mission in the area . Also , La Salle's abandoned settlement was burned , and several Frenchmen living among the Indians were captured and returned with the expedition party to Mexico . The bartering for the release of some of these Frenchmen resulted in a skirmish in which four native Indians were killed . In addition , De Le ? ?n chronicled a great amount of information about the land through which he traveled , leaving a lasting diary recording his experiences as well as offering a glimpse into the then unsettled lands in present day eastern Texas . The 1690 expedition diary exists in the form of six manuscripts , and their analysis is the focus of this thesis . No scholar has ever taken into consideration all six manuscripts when conducting research regarding this expedition , and therefore research conducted thus far is not thorough . A comparative analysis of these six manuscripts is undertaken in this thesis , and the manuscripts are classified as revised or unrevised . Foster (1997 ) was the first scholar to classify manuscripts of the 1690 expedition as unrevised and revised . He classified only the Beinecke manuscript as revised , but this thesis also incorporates two other revised manuscripts unknown to Foster , the Gilcrease 67 .1 and Gilcrease 67 .2 . The unrevised manuscripts included in this study are the AGI , AGN , and BNMex manuscripts . Three semi -paleographic transcriptions of manuscripts of Alonso de Le ? ?n's 1690 expedition diary are also presented . The AGI and Beinecke manuscripts are transcribed and an in -depth comparative analysis of the unrevised and revised manuscripts is completed . This analysis presents the numerous discrepancies that exist between the two families of manuscripts . Also , a transcription of the Gilcrease 67 .1 manuscript is included to present a document previously unknown to scholars . The findings of this thesis should be of interest to scholars in many different fields of study who have interest in this time period and this region of the U .S . Southwest .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3090
Date: 2006-04-12

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Alonso de Le??n's 1690 expedition diary into Texas: an edition and study of the Spanish texts with semi-paleographic transcriptions. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3090 .

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