The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 160
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bitterly of all the other classes, including the captain, whom all
others praise. The captain had served under three governors, noted
for their strictness, and they had nothing but commendation for
him. Only these few upstart families bring their malicious charges
against him. The paper ends abruptly at this point, but from a
date quoted, we can easily imagine that the agreement mentioned
above, between the cabildo and Captain Urrutia, was the outcome
of this vigorous representation.
I may possibly have pursued this subject to an unprofitable
length. The life of the early settlers of San Fernando was simple,
crude, and unattractive in many features, but as an element in the
early development of our State and its chief city, it may possess
some phases of permanent interest. Oddly enough there is taking
place in our country, today, a movement similar to the journey of
the Canary Island immigrants. Porto Rico is sending her surllus
laboring population to the I-Hawaiian Islands, just as the Canaries,
nearly two centuries ago, sent a few families of this class to the
wilds of Texas. It has seemed the tendency of Spain to fill up her
island empire, in order to supply workers to the needy portions of
the world, when the demand should come; and this process is going
on when her islands have slipped from her grasp. Perhaps, in this
insignificant earlier movement, there may be some lessons to be
learned, some mistakes to be avoided, some suggestions to be fol-
lowed, that will help to make the latter movement still more suc-
cessful. As the Spaniard, by a century of struggle, helped in a
measure to make Texas ready for the great Republic that was to
absorb it, so may our new citizens, because of the previous example
of a small company of their fellow countrymen, bear an important
part in the expansion of the American people to the westward.
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