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Spanish expedition enters Texas

March 9th, 1707

https://www.tshaonline.org/images/handbook/entries/Map of missions along Rio Grande River
Image taken at random from the related Handbook of Texas entry, San Juan Bautista

On this day in 1707, the Ramón expedition, with thirty-one soldiers and citizens, 150 horses, and twenty pack mules, left Mission San Juan Bautista for a trek north of the Rio Grande. Diego Ramón was sent on this excursion by Coahuila governor Alarcón to punish raiding Indians, to gather neophytes for the smallpox-ravaged Rio Grande missions, and to explore the region. After a successful expedition that reached up to the site of present-day Webb and Dimmit counties, Ramón and his men arrived back at San Juan Bautista on April 3, 1708.

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