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his [long-continued] services and achievements in Europe and
Becoming insolent, the enemy pressed the rear-guard closely as
far as San Sabas, but without doing further damage. Since that
time they have continued their hostilities, never forgetting the
glorious day of their victories; nevertheless, however much one
might wish to be convinced of the valor, intrepidity, boldness, and
constancy of the Indians, they gave little evidence of these qual-
ities, allowing a frightened troop, who were thinking only of ref-
uge and security, to retreat over more than a hundred and fifty
The disputes over boundaries between French and Spanish terri-
tory, and the erection of the abandoned Presidio of San Agustin
de Ahumada,' are alone lacking to complete the narrative of the
events which occurred in the governorship of Lieutenant-Colonel
Don Jacinto Barrios y Jauregui.
In regard to the first [matter] it seems to me profitless, for the
reasons which I mentioned in the twelfth chapter of this com-
pendium,2 to rehearse the various measures enacted by this cap-
tain-generalship. They appear in bulky volumes of reports, which
I have seen in different representations made to His Majesty by
their Excellencies the Marques de los Amarillas, and the Marques
de Cruyllas, and in repeated royal orders, giving direction that the
French be not permitted to make an entry into the Province of
If I had to tell anew all the occurrences in connection with the
second [matter] I should fill more paper than was used [to relate]
those of San Sabas.
In the time of Governor Orobio it was proposed to found a
presidio on the Santissmia Trinidad River, to prevent the trade
and settlement of the French. In the year 1757 there were arrested,
by order of Don Jacinto Barrios, an old Frenchman named Blanc
Pain, two others of the same nation whom I knew in Cadiz, and
1Established in 1755 (Bancroft, North Meican States and Texas: I
643) ; abandoned, 1772 (Ibid., 655-6).
'That is, that at the time of Bonilla's writing, Louisiana belonged to
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