Poem by Juan Bautista Chapa, from the De León Expedition, 1689
Sad and fateful site
O beautiful French maiden fair
And thou, cadaver, oh, so cold,
The author of the poem, a Spaniard, adds the following rationalization to explain the massacre that occurred at the French settlement:
These are judgments of God, which we cannot investigate, but it seems also that [events of the massacre] are an admonition that Christians should not go directly against the bulls and mandates of the pontiffs. In that issued by Alexander VI in the year 1494 in favor of the King, Don Ferdinand, and Doña Isabella, he granted them all that the Spaniards had discovered in the West Indies, and all that they were yet to discover, with prohibition against their occupation by any other king under penalty of excommunication. It could be that because they [the French] had broken this precept, God visited this punishment on them.
(Published in Historia de Nuevo Leon, con Noticias Sobre Coahuila, Tejas, y Nuevo Mexico por El Capitan Alonso de Leon, Un Autor Anonimo [an anonymous author, now believed to be Juan Bautista Chapa].