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first European emigrants to Texas were led hither by Robert
Cavalier, the Sieur de la Salle, who landed on the west side, and
near the entrance, of Matagorda bay, on the 18th of February,
"... it was reserved to La Salle to discover its mouth, which he did on the 7th day of April, 1682, and, on the 9th, celebrated the discovery with great ceremony, taking possession, in the name of Louis XIV., by proclamation and proces verbal, of all the territory watered by the Mississippi from its mouth to its source, and by the streams flowing into it on both sides.
"The report of this splendid discovery, which was made known in Europe, by La Salle and his followers, on their return to France, created great excitement, not only at court, but among the learned."
Source: History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its... by Henderson K. Yoakum