Paso de Francia
Paso de Francia crossing, Maverick County, Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico
Paso de Francia crossed the Rio Grande River six miles southeast of Mission San Juan Bautista. It is believed that the name Paso de Francia (France Way) was given to this ford after Alonso De León's third entrada into Texas in 1689 in search of the colony of René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. De León's entry is the earliest crossing that can be accurately ascribed to Paso de Francia, although the Bosque-Larios expedition of 1675 may have also used this ford.
Time period: late 1600s-1836
Did You Know?
Long before Spanish entradas (first explorations) into the American Southwest, American Indian trails crossed Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. Some of these same routes provided access for later traders, soldiers, and immigrants following El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.