Texas Historical Association Quarterly
APACHE RELATIONS IN TEXAS, 1718-17501
WILLIAM EDWARD DUNN
1. The Condition of the Problem.-A statement as to the con-
ditions under which this paper was written is pertinent here. One
has only to glance over the works in English which deal with the
general history of Texas to note the absence of information bear-
ing upon the subject which I have endeavored to treat. The stand-
ard histories of Texas give only isolated references here and there
to Apache., relations in Texas between 1718 and 1750. Indeed, so
scanty are their accounts on this point that they may be entirely
ignored. Of monographic discussions of the subject, there are
none.2 Although ethnologists have written more or less of the
Apaches and their various subdivisions, very little pertaining to
the period and region covered by this paper has been produced.8
The reason for such a paucity of information on the subject in
English works is that the material from which a history of this
topic can alone be constructed has been buried hitherto in manu-
scripts written in a. foreign language and preserved, for the larger
part, in foreign archives.
Of Spanish works, only two are important for the subject. An-
tonio Bonilla, in his Breve Compendio, which has only recently
been printed, gives a brief outline of Apache hostilities in Texas;-
and Arricivita, in his Crn'ica I postloica y Serdfica (Mexico,
1791), gives a considerable amount of information concerning the
'A thesis presented to the Department of History of Leland Stanford
Junior University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree
of Master of Arts, April 15, 1910.
'In a paper entitled "Tribal Society among Texas Indians," by M. M.
Kenney (T-IE QUARTERLY, I, 26-33). the Apaches are not even mentioned.
"Although Bandelier has made extensive investigations concerning the
Apaches of the far Southwest (see "Final Report," Part I, Papers of the
Archaeological Institute of America, III, 1890), he has done little on the
eastern, or Texas, Apaches.
4TFIE QUARTERLY, VIII, 3-78. Transh Ltion by Miss Elizabeth Howard
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/. Accessed August 29, 2014.