René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, sailed from Rochefort, France, on 1 August 1684, with four ships and 280 men and women. He wanted to build forts along the mouth of the Mississippi River, and to invade and conquer Spanish provinces in Mexico.
Jacques Grolet (aka Santiago Gurulé) was one of the men to sail on the La Salle Expedition.

Click on Santiago Gurulé to read a chronology about the exploits of the La Salle Expedition, including his life among the Tejas Indians, surrendering to the Spaniards, being imprisoned in Spain for 2-1/2 years, and finally being released in 1692 by the King of Spain. After his release, Grolet and two other of his countrymen, Archibeque and Meusnier, joined colonists recruited from Mexico City as part of a recolonization effort of New Mexico.

Elena Gallegos was the first woman in New Mexico to have her own cattle brand. To see a picture of the cattle brand, click here, or to read the Will she left in 1721, click on Elena Gallegos.

Santiago and Elena only had one son, Antonio Gurulé, baptized 2 April 1703 at Nuestro Santo Padre San Francisco Church in Bernalillo, NM. To see the baptism record and read the will Antonio left in 1761, click on Antonio Gurulé.

To see some pictures of La Rochelle, France, the birth place of Jacques Grolet, click on Pictures. Other pictures include San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where most of the early Gurulé family church records were found and a picture of the Gurule shield which hangs at the Palace of the Governor in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Special thanks to the Hispanic Genealogy Research Center of New Mexico for granting permission to extract the chronology from Chapter IV of the book "The Spanish Recolonization of New Mexico: An Account of the Families Recruited at Mexico City in 1693" by Jose Antonio Esquibel and John B. Colligan.

Additionally, more thanks to Jose Antonio Esquibel for the will of Elena Gallegos. If you'd like to read the Spanish version of the Elena's will, visit his web site at: