The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 138
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ful. The Mexicans hated the Indians and were cruel in their
treatment of them, and this hatred and cruelty were fully recip-
rocated. It has been said that when Americans and Mexicans
traveling together were attacked by Indians, the former were
usually kindly treated, while the latter were often killed.' While
the colonists maintained a state of comparative peace with the In-
dians, the inhabitants of B6jar were subjected almost constantly
to outrages and depredations. That the Mexicans attributed such
a state of affairs to treachery on the part of the colonists, however
unjust the suspicion may have been, was still not altogether un-
VII. Mexico's Efforts to. Checkc Anglo-American Immigration.
Although the United States in 1819 had nominally surrendered
all claim to Texas, it apparently never quite gave up the idea of
acquiring the province at some time for itself. At various periods
it attempted negotiations with a view to purchasing the desired ter-
ritory. Every movement of this kind Mexico regarded with the
greatest suspicion. This feeling is clearly shown in the following
extract from a letter of Ram6n Musquiz to the vice-governor of
Coahuila and Texas, which, though written March 11, 1833, ex-
presses sentiments that had prevailed in Mexico for many years:
The desire of the United States of the north to extend its ter-
ritory by the acquisition of Texas has displayed itself on several
occasions; and the power of its policy and management to expand
its borders by the purchase of Florida and Louisiana has become
a matter of general history to the civilized world. It is also known
that the southern States of our neighboring republic have a ten-
dency to secede from their northern sisters and organize them-
selves into a separate nation; in which direction one effort has
already been made this very year by South Carolina. To such
new national organization the acquisition of Texas would be a
boon of transcendent value, adding, as it would, so extensively to
its territorial area and multiplying so largely its sources of wealth.
When Mr. Butler, charge d'affaires from Washington City to
our government, passed through this city in the year 1829, he
avowed to some here, but confidentially, that the object of his
mission to Mexico was the purchase of Texas. This same foreign
minister, in June of last year, made a journey overland from the
City of Mexico to this department and Austin's colony, ostensibly
for the purpose of acquainting himself with the country. But
immediately after that visit the revolutionary movements of the
colonists began; and anterior to that event they had been unex-
ceptionably orderly, having even solemnly pledged themselves to
1Holley, Tewas (1836) 152.
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