The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 258
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258 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
would acquire through becoming peopled by means of colonies
thus established in the interior of Texas-for instance, upon the
head waters of the Rio Puerco and the banks of the Rio Bravo in
the neighborhood of El Paso del Norte-require that a little more
attention be given to this matter.
The most of the barbarous tribes that menace the frontiers of
those states, traversing the immense deserts east of the Rio Bravo,
are but wanderers and enemies of civilized settlements. If any
of them have been subdued, this result has been possible only
through force and under the shadow of these settlements, conse-
quently the most certain and effective method for protecting the
frontiers from the incursions to which they are exposed is to peo-
ple the country. But, today, two serious difficulties are encoun-
tered in carrying settlers to those vast deserts-one, the lack of
security, and the other, the absence of open roads to accomplish
the necessary transportation. But these difficulties can be over-
come by continuing the establishment of colonial settlements from
those that already exist in Texas (which will serve as the bases and
starting points from which this chain should begin) in the direc-
tion indicated above until those near El Paso del Norte are
reached. These settlements will be able to sustain each other, like
a line of fortifications, without burdening the government. In
this manner Texas has been peopled, beginning near the coast and
penetrating the interior by degrees.
The privileges, of which mention has also been made, that are
needed for these enterprises, are these: exemption for a short time
from duties on merchandize carried over these roads, and a con-
cession of lands to empresarios, to colonists, and to settlers who
open the roads or come to reside near them.
With these means of communication in operation, and supposing
at the same time that the one from Missouri through New Mexico
is open, the most extensive immigration and concourse of settlers
would follow; since those who could not come by one way might
come by the other; and the inhabitants of the northern and west-
ern interior states would obtain the great advantages that compe-
tition-which must naturally be aroused between the merchants of
the Texas ports and the importers by the Missouri route-always
brings, for it is a general rule that such competition produces low
prices of goods and better service to the consumers.
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