The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VOL. XXIX APRIL, 1926 No. 4
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A TRIP TO TEXAS IN 18281
JosE MARA SANCHEZ
TRANSLATED BY
CARLos E. CASTANEDA,
Associate Professor of Modern Languages, College of William and
Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mexico, 1827.-Reasons of state prompted the Supreme Govern-
ment of Mexico to appoint a commission to arrange the boundary
between this republic and the United States of the North. For
this purpose General Manuel de Mier y Teran was appointed head
of the said commission because few men, in fact, possess the vast
knowledge necessary for the scientific investigation of the eastern
interior states which is involved in such an enterprise. In so
arduous an undertaking the need of men to cooperate with him
was evident and for this purpose the government appointed Lieu-
tenant Colonel Jos6 Batres of the medical staff, Lieutenant Colonel
Cons [tanti]no Tarnava, of the Engineers; Rafael Chovell, min-
eralogist; Luis Berlandier, botanist and zoologist;2 and myself,
draftsman.
November, 1827, the 10th.-All necessary preparations were
made. The instruments were secured as well as the indispensable
books, and, taking leave of our families, we started on the 10th
'From the Archivo General de Guerra y Marina, Fracci6n 1, Legajo
n9m. 7, Mexico City.
'The diary of Berlandier and Chovell on this expedition, covering the
march from Mexico City to San Antonio, Texas, was published in Mexico
in 1850-Diario de Viage de la Comision de Limites, etc.

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