The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

Bonilla's Brief Conpendium.

at once made complaint that he had not brought the master me-
chanics, or filled out the number of the [fifty] soldiers, and [that]
those [he did bring were] idle fellows, and very hurtful, on account
of belonging, for the greater part, to the most corrupt and worth-
less classes in all Nueva Espafia; and, finally, that his irregular
measures endangered success in the reduction of the heathen.'
Alarcon asked at the same time for an increase of troops and
other auxiliariies.2 On being refused everything, he tendered his
resignation of the governorship, which was accepted. In a royal
cidula of the 31st of October, 1719, however, orders were given that
he be thanked for his zeal and painstaking.
[Sixth Entrada, by Marques de San Migual de Aguayo.]
War having broken out between Spain and France during the
regency of the Duque de Orleans, the French invaded the Presidio
of Panzacola, on the 19th of May, 1719; and on the same day in
the month of June following Don Luis de San Denis took the oppor-
tunity to relieve his outraged feelings, by attacking, with the aid of
the Indians of the North, the missions of los Adaes and Texas and
compelling their inhabitants to retreat post-haste to the Presidio of
San Antonio de Vexar.4
'Alarcon was so negligent, according to the Historia (Sec. 22), that the
only thing he accomplished was to bring a company of soldiers with their
families to the banks of the San Antonio River, where the Mission of San
Antonio de Valero had already been founded. The missionaries had in-
curred great danger and many hardships since the founding of the mis-
sions, so they sent a delegation to give the viceroy information of the un-
fortunate state of affairs in Texas. The report of these religious em-
phasized the danger of French encroachment, especially since the French
had put a stronghold among the Cadodachos, and were so continually
trading with the Indians.
"Alarcon asked for money, supplies, and a hundred and fifty other sol-
diers" (Test., Sec. 30).
'Cf. Test., Sec. 31. No mention is there made of Indian aid.
'According to the Historia (Sec. 24), the presidio and the missions at
los Adaes were sacked by the French from Natchitoches. The religious
who escaped carried the news to the other missions near by. The sol-

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