Our Catholic Heritage in Texas, 1519-1936. Prepared under
the auspices of the Knights of Columbus of Texas. Paul
J. Foik, C. S. C., Ph. D., Editor. Volume IV, The Passing
of the Missions, 1762-1782, by Carlos E. Castafieda.
Austin, Texas: The Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1939. Pp. 409.
Illustrations and maps. Price $5.
In this volume Dr. Castafieda carries the history of the mis-
sions and of Spain in Texas to the eve of the secularization of
the missions. The essentials of the twenty years covered in
this volume have already been presented by Professor Bolton
and by some of his students. Bolton's studies were published
in THE QUARTERLY some thirty years ago, and were recast in
his Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century (1915).
In view of the rather adequate previous coverage of the
period, Professor Castafieda might have served the interest of
the general reader better by condensing and summarizing
Bolton's work, and thereby gaining space for another twenty
years in this volume. This is not to say that he has not supple-
mented Bolton's sources by new materials. He has done that,
but, in the end, it must be confessed that, for the most part,
the additions are not significant. From the point of view of a
memorial to the Catholic church, however, it is wholly appro-
priate to include within the covers of these heavy tomes all
that is known of mission activities in Texas. When completed,
one will have here a library containing-at least during the
Spanish period-the history of the Catholic church in Texas
for three hundred years.
The chief contribution of this volume in the form of new
knowledge is to be found in Chapters IV and V. Here the author
describes the founding of two missions on the upper Nueces,
and the temporary re-establishment of a mission and garrison
on the San Saba, following the destruction of the establishments
there in 1752. The new missions were San Lorenzo and Can-
delario, about 100 miles south of the San SabA mission.
The most interesting part of the book, and the only part
over which the intelligent casual reader will linger, is Chapter I.
Here, in 45 pages, the author describes the condition of the
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed July 28, 2015.