The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915

News Notes

Miss Elizabeth H. West, archivist of the State Library of Texas,
spent the month of June and part of July, 1914, in Havana,
searching in the Archivo Nacional de Cuba for documents bearing
upon the colonial and Indian trade policy of Spain in the late
eighteenth and early nineteenth century. A number of docu-
ments were copied for the State Library, the Library of Congress,
the University of California. and the Historical Society of Wis-
consin. The letter-books of Bernardo de Galvez, 1778-1781, are
of the most general interest. The one contains letters Nos. 1-462
to Josef de G6lvez, the Spanish Secretary of State, the other,
letters Nos. 1-304 to the Captain General at Havana. Written
as they were, at the time when Galvez was governor of Louisiana,
these letters throw much light upon colonial policy and condi-
tions, as well as upon the expeditions which resulted in the cap-
ture by the Spanish of the English posts in the lower Mississippi
Valley, of Mobile, and of Pensacola.
Contrary to the usual impression, by no means all of the im-
portant historical material was transferred from Cuba to Spain
before and during 1896; in fact, practically the entire Hacienda
archive remains intact in the Archivo Nacional; allowing, of
course, for the losses sustained through the insect pests of the
tropics and through the confusion resulting from the Spanish
withdrawal in the first place and the American interventions in
the second. Much material for the study of Spanish-American
history, notably the slave-trade, remains there as yet practically
untouched by American investigators.
During the summer of 1914 Mr. William E. Dunn, of the
University of Texas, secured from the Archivo General de Indias
at Seville some three thousand pages of transcripts, copies of
which are deposited in the Library of Congress, the Texas State
Library, and the libraries of the Universities of Texas and Cali-
fornia. Among the subjects covered by the documents are the
intrusions of the French and English in Texas and New Mexico
during the eighteenth century, English contraband trade and
alleged settlements along the Gulf coast, the complete autos of

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