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PASO DE LAS ISLAS. Paso de las Islas, on the Rio Grande about one mile below the more famous Paso de Francia (see SAN ANTONIO CROSSING), was one of the fords that served Spanish travelers between San Juan Bautista and the Texas settlements. At that point the river spreads out in shallow branches that flow among several islands (Islas). Although Paso de las Islas has occasionally been confused with Paso de Francia, it is recognized as a different location. It is the farthest downstream of five such fords within five miles of San Juan Bautista (Guerrero, Coahuila).


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, "PASO DE LAS ISLAS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.