Tejano History

Llanos-Cardenas Expedition

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       LLANOS-CÁRDENAS EXPEDITION. The Llanos-Cárdenas Expedition was a follow-up to Alonso De León's 1689 discovery of the remains of Fort St. Louis, built by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. The expedition sailed from Veracruz on October 12, 1690, to reconnoiter the Fort St. Louis site (on Garcitas Creek near the head of Lavaca Bay in what is now Victoria County) and to map its environs. Francisco de Llanos, captain of the frigate Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación of the Armada de Barlovento, was in overall command of the expedition. This voyage to the Texas coast, says Herbert E. Bolton, was “of first importance in fixing the location of La Salle's colony.”


Full article on the Texas State Historical Association's Handbook of Texas Online

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