The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VOL. XXVII OCTOBER, 1923 No. 2
The publcation committee and the editors disclaim responsiblity for vnews expressed by
contributors to THE QUARTERLY
NEW MEXICO AND THE TEXAN SANTA FE EXPE-
DITION
WILLIAM CAMPBELL BINKLEY
What was the attitude of the people of New Mexico toward the
expedition which started from Texas in 1841 to establish com-
mercial and political relations with Santa F? What prepara-
tions, either official or unofficial, were made in New Mexico to
receive the expedition? Although recent investigations by stu-
dents of Texas history have thrown much new light upon various
aspects of the Texan Santa F6 expedition, these two questions
have not been satisfactorily answered. The first, especially, has
been the occasion of much conjecture, and there is still an honest
difference of opinion as to whether any considerable part of the
population of New Mexico was in sympathy with the plans of the
Texans. The failure to answer these questions is due to the fact
that the archives of Texas and of New Mexico contain very few
documents bearing upon this particular angle of an event which
was of grave significance to both groups of people. The most
important information which has been available consists of ac-
counts written by participants in the expedition,' and these have
been justly criticized on the ground that the writers could not
formulate a clear estimate of the New Mexican side when they
were so deeply involved on the Texan side.
'Kendall, Narrative of *he Texan Santa F Expedition, is the fullest as
well as the best account. Its shortcomings are well known. A good brief
account is Falconer, "Notes of a Journey Through Texas and New Mexico,"
in Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, XIII (1844),
199-226.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/. Accessed December 29, 2014.