The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 98
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98 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
lived to be the place where human beings were formerly sacrificed
to the Aztec god of war.
Much of the real facts of early Texas history may be found in
the General Archive, among the various reports of the Spanish offi-
cers who were here in different capacities; but hitherto there has
not been any considerable interest manifested in such sources of
knowledge of the past of a country now reckoned among the great-
est States of the American Union. Not even the chart of the Gulf
Coast, from Cape Florida to PAnuco, made by two mariners, sent
out by the King, in 1540, has been copied into the archives of
Texas; and the cavalry expedition of Captain Sancho Caniegas, in
1528, from PAnuco to forty leagues north ,of the mouth of the Rio
Grande, possibly to the point now known as Flour Bluff, has been
overlooked by our historians, though the report ,of it has a place in
the history of New Spain, as well as in the "Noticias Historicas de
Nu~ o Guzman," who was then governor -of the Province of PAnuco.
The archives at Monclova, Saultillo, San Luis Potosi, and Mexico
all contain data for Texas history worthy of a place in our records,
to enable the future historian to brush away many blunders found
in writings extant to-day; such as that Saint-Denis laid out the old
San Antonio Road, and the story of the origin and first site of the
Presidio "La Bahia del Espiritu Santo," now standing ,on the right
margin of the 'San Antonio River, and many others -of like char-
A properly directed examination of the public archives of dif-
ferent places in Mexico, would furnish material for the works of
writers .of history never yet touched, and show much in its true
light that has hitherto been but partially treated; and the advan-
tages to be derived would richly compensate for the labor and
money expended in making it. BETHEL CooPwooD.
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