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GÓMEZ RAPOSO, LUIS (?–?). As pilot of the frigate Santo Cristo de San Román, Luis Gómez Raposo kept the diary of the third maritime expedition sent from Veracruz to search for René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. His account of the 1687 voyage commanded by Francisco López de Gamarra and Andrés de Pez y Malzárragaqqv was long hailed as the most important document of the maritime search. The more recent discovery of Juan Enríquez Barroto's diary of the Rivas-Iriarte expedition, which preceded it, however, has somewhat modified that judgment. Gómez, sailing on the ship captained by Pez, nevertheless left a significant account of the reconnaissance, which was somewhat handicapped by the size of the ships. The vessels were unable to enter the Rio Grande, and the derelict hulk of La Salle's frigate La Belle escaped notice. The most significant feature of Gómez's diary is his account of the Mississippi passes.


Colección de diarios y relaciones para la historia de los viajes y descubrimientos, Vol. 4 (Madrid: Instituto Histórico de Marina, 1943). Robert S. Weddle et al., eds., La Salle, the Mississippi, and the Gulf: Three Primary Documents (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1987). Robert S. Weddle, Wilderness Manhunt: The Spanish Search for La Salle (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973).

Robert S. Weddle


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Robert S. Weddle, "GOMEZ RAPOSO, LUIS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.