The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

VOL. XLI JANUARY, 1938 No. 3
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The inspection of Texas, made by Colonel Juan N. Almonte in
1834, had its origin in a decree issued by Vice-President Busta-
mante, of Mexico, on April 6, 1830. Article 3 of this decree stated:
The government shall name one or more commissioners to visit
the colonies of the frontier States, . . . to make arrangements
which they consider advisable for the security of the Republic,
with the colonies already established; to watch over the exact
compliance of contracts on the entrance of new colonists; and to
investigate how far the contracts already made have been com-
plied with.'
It would have been too much to hope that two peoples as funda-
mentally different in racial and political background as the Anglo-
American and the Mexican could long live together in harmony
despite the conscientious efforts of such a leader as Stephen F.
Austin to further mutual cooperation and good feeling. In addi-
tion to the dislike and distrust of each people for the other,
specific causes of misunderstanding were not lacking, such as the
Fredonian rebellion, which looked like treason to Mexico; the
Texans' evasion, by the introduction of "contract labor," of the
Coahuila constitutional provision forbidding further importation
of slaves; and President Guerrero's proclamation of 1829 which
freed all slaves on Mexican soil and made Texans, although soon
declared exempt, feel that the federal government was not inter-
ested in their welfare. The same decre of April 6, 1830, which
IManuel DublAn and Josh Maria Lozano, Legislaoi6n Memicana, Edici6n
Oficial, II, 238.

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