Francois Simars de Bellisle

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Francois Simars de Bellisle (1695-1763) was a Frenchman who shipwrecked on the Bolivar Peninsula, near present-day Galveston, Texas, in 1722. He had been sailing for New Orleans. He was captured by Akokisa natives, and had to subsist for some time on the land. His documentation of this ordeal is considered the first account of the Akokisa tribe.[1][2]


  1. ^ Wiggins, Melanie (1991). They Made Their Own Law. Rice University Press. pp. 6–7. 0892633077. 
  2. ^ "Bellisle, Francois Simars de". The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2015-09-10.