The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 237
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Explanation by Stephen F. Austin.
the Texans should seek it only to lose the best market for their
But it will be asked, Whence have arisen so many rumors concern-
ing the separation of Texas from the Mexican republic? How is it
that the public has been deceived by such erroneous and false im-
pressions concerning this point? Why was the citizen Stephen Aus-
tin, agent and commissioner of the people of Texas to the supreme
government of the federation, imprisoned and kept almost a year in
the dungeons of Mexico?
A satisfactory reply to these questions will be found in a brief
review of the political occurrences in that country in recent years.
From an examination of these events the impartial man can not
fail to be convinced that all the equivocations and false rumors that
have appeared in the newspapers have arisen solely from having
inferred positive facts and definite results from superficial appear-
ances of things, without the thorough knowledge of them, obtained
by previous analysis, so necessary to clarify the truth and to secure
the practical and genuine demonstration which justice, patriotism,
national honor, and the true interests of the country demand. Fin-
ally, by sounding the intentions of the inhabitants of Texas, bearing
in mind the circumstances, an impartial and just judgment con-
cerning the matter will be formed.
In the year 1821 Texas was scantily populated by civilized people,
but was full of savage and roving Indians; since of the first there
were only the old villas of Bejar and Bahia del Espiritu Santo,
whose united population at the time did not exceed three thousand
five hundred inhabitants.
In this year was begun the settlement of those deserts by means
of foreign colonists whom the empresario Stephen Austin brought
to the country under the authority which, previous to the change
of government, had been conceded to his father. Protected by the
liberal system which was the outgrowth of independence, Texas con-
tinued its progress until in 1830 the growth of population and the
consequent social needs began to involve grave inconvenience on ac-
count of the bad organization of the local government.
The system established for the local administration of Texas by
the government of Coahuila and Texas, although perhaps the best
that the circumstances permitted in 1825, when it was organized,
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