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

THE QUARTERLY
OF THE
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. VIII. JULY, 1904. No. 1.
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to the Quarterly.
BONILLA'S BRIEF COMPENDIUM OF THE HISTORY OF
TEXAS, 1772.
(An Annotated Translation.)
BY ELIZABETH HOWARD WEST.1
Introductory Note.
Bonilla's Breve Compendio, of which a translation is here given,
is one of several known summaries of the early history of Texas
written in Spanish.2
In 1772, Bar6n de Ripperdd, the governor of Texas, presented to
Viceroy Bucareli a report embodying certain measures which he
thought it advisable to put into effect in Texas. Thereupon the
viceroy ordered that the government office "whose duty it is" should
make a summary of all the previous history of the province, so as to
have data upon which a junta de guerra y hacienda afterward to be
'The translator is under especial obligation to Professor Lilia M. Casis,
Dr. George P. Garrison, Dr. Herbert E. Bolton, and Miss Mattie Austin,
all of The University of Texas.
'The following is a list of such documents: 1. Testo. de un Parecer
dado en los Auttos fechos en Virtud de Real Cedula en qe S. M. manda
se le informe sobre surttos abusos comettidos en la Provincia de Teeas
en el tiempo que se empressa: y Tambien de un Parrapho de ottro Parecer

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