TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. VI. OCTOBER, 1902. No. 2.
The publication committee and the editor disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to the Quarterly.
THE SOUTHWEST BOUNDARY OF TEXAS.
I. J. COX.
As no State of the American Union can compare with Texas in
extent of territory, so no State has greater historical interest and im-
portance attached to its boundaries. From the time when La Salle
made his unfortunate landing upon its coast until the Supreme
Court made its recent decision concerning Greer county, the limits
of Texas have been unsettled. Disputes arising from this fact have
been the cause of costly entradas, of interminable wrangling by col-
onial officials, of long and fruitless diplomatic correspondence ter-
minating in unsatisfactory compromise, and of hostile expeditions
ending in overwhelming defeat or inglorious victory. The intensity
of feeling aroused by these disputes has threatened to disrupt the
Union itself, and their solution has prefigured the destiny of the
The most interesting and important of the boundaries of Texas
is that on the southwest. Neither the eastern, the scene of a cen-
tury's wrangle between Spanish and French, of the "neutral
ground" agreement of 1806, and of the unsatisfactory treaty of
1819; nor the far northwestern, linked with memories of the ill-
fated Santa F6 expedition and of the stirring days of the compro-
mise of 1850, can compare with it in the number and variety of
questions involved in their settlement. A direct, although possibly
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101028/. Accessed July 23, 2014.