The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906

THE QUARTERLY
OF THE
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. IX. OCTOBER, 1905. No. 2.
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views
expressed by contributors to THE QUARTERLY.
THE SPANISH ABANDONMENT AND RE-OCCUPATION
OF EAST TEXAS, 1773-1779.1
HERBERT E. BOLTON.
In 1772 the Spanish government decided to give back to nature
and the Indians, temporarily at least, all that part of Texas north-
east of San Antonio de B6xar and Bahia del Espiritu Santo, some
parts of which Spain had occupied, continuously even if weakly,
for more than half a century. That this plan failed was due pri-
marily to the attachment of some of the settlers of the district
to their homes; to the desire of the provincial authorities to main-
1BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE.-This paper, with the exception of the first two
subdivisions of section I, which are based mainly on secondary authori-
ties, has been prepared almost entirely from manuscript materials hith-
erto unused, found in the Archivo General y Piblico of Mexico and in
the B6xar Archives in the possession of the University of Texas. The
principal documents used are the following:
1. Expediente sobre proposiciones del Governador de Texas Baron de
Ripperdd, para ereccion de un Nuevo Precidio, y Emprender una cruda
Guerra contra los Apaches Lipanes, hacienda Alianza con las Naciones
del Nortte. MS. Folios 107. The papers included cover the years 1771-
1773.
2. Autos que se han introducido por los Vecinos del Presidio de los
Adaes, Sobre que les deje avecindar en el de la Mision de los Ais, y
establecimto. del Pueblo de Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Bucareli. MS.
Folios 22. The papers fall within the years 1773-1774.
3. Quaderno que Corresponde para el completto. del Expediente se-
flalado con el Numo. 1 [number 2 above] remetido con fehca 31 del

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