TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION:
VoI,. XIV APRIL, 1911 No. 4
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THE SOUTHWESTERN BOUNDARY OF TEXAS, 1821-18401
THOMAS MAITI.AND MARSHALL
I. THE BOUNDARY QUESTION DURING THE SPANISI-I RI1GIME
The purpose of the author in preparing this paper was primarily
to review the question of the boundary between Texas and Mexico
as one of the antecedents of the Texas-Santa FP expedition. This
explains why the study ends abruptly with 1840. The history of
the southwestern boundary of Texas during the Spanish regime
has been so thoroughly treated by different writers that a detailed
discussion of it is unnecessary here. However, in order that the
subject may be presented in its entirety, a brief review of the
salient facts seems necessary.
1. The 8Spanish View.-The expedition of La Salle in 1685
aroused the Spanish to explore and temporarily occupy eastern
Texas. The first mission, San Francisco de los Tejas, was estab-
lished southwest of Nacogdoches near the Neches river in 1690.2
Teran, who was made governor of Coahuila and Texas in 1691,8
explored the-country to the Red river. In 1693 Texas was aban-
'This paper was prepared in connection with Professor Bolton's semi-
nar in Southwestern history. The writer desires hereby to thank the
editor of TIIE QUARTERLY for valuable suggestions.
2Clark, in THE QUARTERLY, V, 175-189.
"Cox. ibid., V, 84.
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