The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 219
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First Period of Gutierree-Magee Rxpedition. 219
West Florida. These served as temporary vents, and are important
as exemplifying 'the spirit working in the people. 'They were all
aggressive, .and aimed at Spain. 'Only one, however, the last, pro-
duced a real .change in 'the relative situation :of things. It was for
Gutierrez sand Magee to marshal the forces 'which had followed Burr
and which had overthrown 'the Spanish regime in West Florida for
yet another advance.
When the revolution broke out in Mexico in 1810, the leaders
were not unaware 'of the sympathy which the great mass 'of the
inhabitants of 'the new American republic bore them. Miranda's
expedition against the Spaniards in Venezuela had taught the
patriotic Mexicans that ,support was to be expected, while Aaron
Burr in 'his conspiracy had brought the matter nearer to them
through his emissaries. So, when disaster had fallen terribly on
the arms of 'the revolutionists, when Hidalgo had been ,driven from
Guadalajara, when his army had become demoralized 'and his retreat
a flight, he headed with the .remnant of his forces Itowards Texas,
giving it ,out that perhaps already the Anglo-Americ'ans were on
their way to bring succor to his cause.
In March, 1811, only ,a few 'days before the heroic Cura with his
generals .and fragment of an army 'were treacherouslyy betrayed at
the Norias de Bajan, Jos6 Bernardo Gutierrez (sometimes Guiterrez
de Lara) was made a lieutenant-colonel, and commissioned to pro-
ceed to the United States to solicit aid for ,the struggling patriots.
Nothing daunted by the 'calamity 'which had overtaken the leaders
of the rebellion, and spurred, some have written, by the news of the
execution of his brother (along with other s'ooslled traitors, he made
his way into Texas, which he found in a state of rebellion, and from
thence to Washington.
It will be recalled that January 2'2, 1811, the garrison and the
inhabitants 'of San Antonio de Bexar raised the standard of revolt,
took Governor Manuel de Salcedo, Simon de Herrera, and others
prisoners-whose heads were later to stain the pikes of the men of
Gutierrez-and 'declared for the republic. This enabled Gutierrez
to pass on his journey 'unmolested. In Washington, 'however, he
received no official recognition, .and soon returned South.
'Vicente Filisola: Memorias para la Historia de la Guerra de Tejas,
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