At the close of th War of the League of Augsburg in 1697, Louis XIV of France found himself with enough free resources to make a fresh effort to colonize the Gulf Coasst. He had already tried this in 1684 when the Sieur de La Salle had departed France and founded a colony at Matagorda Bay in Texas.1 The colony lasted from 1685 to 1686, ending in disaster for the French. Louis, prevented from further expansion in Europe, again tried to expand his overseas possessions eleven years later.
Childers, Ronald Wayne
"Historic Notes and Documents: A Late Seventeenth-Century Journey to Tampa Bay,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 80:
4, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol80/iss4/6