Bonilla's Brief Compendium.
mies. From this one infers that if these [Apaches] be extermin-
ated or destroyed, we can promise ourselves, if not a tranquil
peace in the Provincias Internas, at least the satisfaction that their
citizens will gain relief and that conquests will be more feasible.
The cordon of presidios proposed in the above-mentioned dicta-
men, approved in junta, de guerra y hacienda, and set forth in the
new ordinances framed by His Excellency the Marques de Croix
in the past, year 1771, appears to be the only expedient which, will
restrain the incursions of the Indians; and it will make easier of
realization the advantages offered.
In the part treating of the Province of Texas it is proposed to
abandon the Presidio of los Adaes, and that of Orcoquisac, which
is now  abandoned; with their garrisons that of San An-
'tonio de Bejar is to reinforced, to the number of eighty troops,
twenty being ordered to the Arroyo del Cibolo; and that of la Bahia
del Espiritu Santo, with which the proposed cordon ends, is to
remain as it is.
The Presidio of Adaes, as I have already stated, was established
in the reconquest effected by the Marques de San Miguel [de]
Aguayo, to serve as a barrier to the French; it has never been at-
tacked by the Indians; and if the colony of la Luisiana had been
subject to Spanish rule when the Brigadier Don Pedro de Rivera
made his revista, his opinion, I believe, would have been in no wise
Different from that of the Lieutenant-General Marques de Ruby,
for he reduced the excess in its garrison, although he could not re-
organize it as he did that of la Bahia. Moreover, it even appears
that he let that of la Bahia remain [merely] because he foresaw the
use which it is [now] intended to make of it, although he con-
sidered it useless [at the time].
The clauses which adorn the dictame of *His Excellency the
Marques de* Ruby demonstrate the uselessness of the expenditures
incurred in maintaining the presidios of los Adaes and Orcoquisac,
and those1 of certain missions of los Ays and Nacogdoches; the
little or nothing to be lost in abandoning the unpeopled terri-
tories which extend from Espiritu Santo Bay to the above men-
tioned Presidio of Los Adaes; the better opportunity which re-
1Los. The Spanish may refer either to presidios or gastos.
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