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Bexar, or to the adjacent site, which they call los Almagres; that
the garrison (dotacion) should be increased to a hundred and
forty; and that to punish the arrogance of the Indians a formal
expedition should be organized to hunt them in their rancherias.
In the year 1755, Governor Don Jacinto de Barrios gave report
that a vein had been discovered in the aforesaid site of los Al-
magres, which promised abundance of silver ores of good quality.
After the report had passed through the regular channels, it was re-
solved that one Don Bernardo de Miranda should investigate the
matter. As a reward for his toils he was promised that. if the
facts came up to the expectations, a presidio should be founded
there, and he be given the rank of captain.
On the 27th day of June , these points were discussed in
junta de guerra y hacienda. It was agreed that the site of the
Presidio of San Sabas should not then be changed; that its as-
signment of troops should remain one hundred; that an attempt
should be made to bring in the Apaches; and that, assembled in
San Antonio de Bexar the governors of Texas and Coaguila, Col.
Don Diego Ortiz Parilla, Don Josef de Eca y Musquis, and other
persons of experience and intelligence, should confer and deliber-
ate upon the way and time to make the campaign against the
nations of the North, and the number of troops of which the expedi-
tion must be composed, and make a careful estimate of the expenses
which it would occasion for the royal treasury.
Under date of the 6th of September of the year indicated above,
account was given to His Majesty; and in royal decree of March
29 following, he enjoined the greatest circumspection and care
lest, the enterprise failing, the danger be incurred that, the bar-
barians, whom it was not expedient to accustom and train to make
war, become more insolent.
When the junta of officers was held, it was decided to make the
campaign at the beginning of June, with five hundred men-a
hundred and thirty-nine presidial soldiers, two hundred and forty-
one militia, thirty Tlascalan Indians, and ninety from the mis-
sions; that the first should have their usual salary2; the second and
1Cf. p. 63.
2Et haver correspondiente a sus plazas.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/. Accessed December 26, 2014.