Coahuila y Texas desde la Consumacidn de la Independencia
hasta el Tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo. By Vito Alessio
Robles. Mexico, 1946. Two volumes. Pp. xv+542, 540.
Maps and illustrations, bibliography, and index.
In 1931 this distinguished and indefatigable historian pub-
lished a massive volume on the history of Coahuila and Texas
in the colonial period. In the present work he continues the
narrative to 1848, which he considers a more appropriate date
than 1836 because, though he does not question the effectiveness
of Texan independence after the Battle of San Jacinto, relations
between the two provinces remained to be liquidated. If life
and health permit, he promises to continue the history of Coa-
huila to the present.
The facts narrated by Mr. Alessio Robles are not new to
informed students of Texas history. He describes the establish-
ment of national independence; the development of the liberal
colonization policy; the introduction of Anglo-American colo-
nists; the more or less inevitable misunderstandings, aggravated
in the minds of Mexican leaders by fear that the United States
government had determined to acquire Texas; the personal and
party rivalry that kept Mexican politics in a state of ferment;
the growth of real and imagined grievances in Texas as popula-
tion increased; the preliminary military episodes of June, 1832,
and 1835; the war of the revolution with the fall of the Alamo,
the Fannin disaster, and the Battle of San Jacinto; independence;
and final annexation by the United States. The emphasis is on
Texas, because the seat of action and interest was there; but
appropriate chapters keep clear the connection with Coahuila.
The author's purpose is to tell a straightforward story which
he does in smooth, unencumbered language. He is impartial,
objective, judicial; and in all matters within my knowledge he
is accurate. His pages are scrupulously documented, and his
quotations and translations are carefully rendered. The work
maintains an impeccable historical standard.
Though the volumes do not bear the imprint of the govern-
ment, they were nevertheless printed at the government printing
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/. Accessed September 18, 2014.