The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 102
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102 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Rio Grande was the original limit of Louisiana. The first, as an
argument. was ridiculous, and the second untenable. Neither Texas
nor Louisiana extended to the Rio Grande, as was evidenced by the
undisputed documentary evidence of more than a century.1 More-
over, compare the conditions on the Texas border with those on the
Canadian border a few years previous. Would not Great Britain
have regarded the introduction of troops by the United States into
the disputed region on the Maine border, while the boundary was
still unsettled, as a deliberate act of war and have taken measures
Surely, with so much of documentary evidence on their side, the
Mexican writers have had ample justification for the above com-
plaints. The territory was still in dispute and the United States
should still longer have refrained from any hostile movement, such
as its occupation by troops. Surely, with even a smaller favor than
that afforded during the intervention of 1867, we could have ob-
tained by purchase, from a grateful people, all the territory we now
possess formerly belonging to Mexico. By_ the logic of events, how-
everwg were forced into an unjust war, from which we were to
emerg.with a reputation for land-grabbing, destined seriously to
interfere in all our subsequent relations with our Spanish-American
neighbors. One would not willingly reverse the events of our his-
tory,'still less would one wish to restore to Mexico. the territory we
then Wrested from her; but this acquisition will remain in our his-
foTy "one that we may well wish to have been otherwise made."
By this sketch the author, relying upon such documentary au-
thorities as he has at his disposal, has hoped to trace the beginning
and development of the southwest boundary of Texas, largely from
a Spanish and Mexican point of view. In this manner he has tried
to add some new features of interest to an old and time-worn sub-
ject. The problem of the boundary resulted in a contest between a
weak power, relying upon documentary evidence, with a powerful
neighbor engaged in blocking out its natural limits from ocean to
ocean. Such a contest could have but one ending; but it is no more
than just to admit that from a documentary point of view, the logic
of Mexico's position was irrefutable.
1Guerra entre Mexico y los Estados Unidos, passim.
2Bustamente: El Nuevo Bernal Diaz del Castillo, I 11.
"See note 1, p. 81.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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