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NOTES ON CLARK'S "THE BEGINNINGS OF TEXAS."
HERBERT E. BOLTON.
The Beginnings of Texas, 1684-1718, by Robert Carlton Clark
(Bulletin of the University of Texas, No. 98, Austin, 1908, pp.
94, with map), is a thesis submitted in fulfillment of the require-
ments for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of
Wisconsin. The greater part of it was prepared while the author
was a graduate student in the University of Texas, and was printed
as two separate articles in this journal several years ago.' To
these articles there are now added a chapter on "The Founding
of San Antonio." The bringing together of the separate papers
and the addition of the chapter designated gives us by far the full-
est account of Texas history for the period covered (1684-1718)
that has yet been written, and one that, measured even by absolute
standards, is highly meritorious. It deals with a field in which
the paths had scarcely been broken before Dr. Clark wrote, and it
was written in the light of most of the sources, Spanish and
French, available at the time, which was a vastly greater quantity
than had formerly been used. These sources Dr. Clark studied
diligently and interpreted with penetration, presenting, as a result,
with fullness of detail and careful analysis of motives the events
of the period covered. And it may be added that no other single
portion of equal length of the Spanish period of Texas history has
ever yet been covered with the same thoroughness.
It is not the purpose of these notes, however, to comment on the
excellencies of the monograph, which will be apparent to all its
qualified readers, but, rather, to take this occasion to indicate
some places where advance has been made since Dr. Clark wrote, by
reason of the discovery of materials then unknown, and, incident-
ally, to point out some minor shortcomings of the monograph, due
now to one cause and now to another.
To begin with the map which faces the title page, it may be said
that while it conveys a general idea of the geography of Spanish
Texas for the period covered, which, of course, is all that it aims
'Vols. V and VI.
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