The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 329
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bxar. 329
Royal Dispatch Providing for the Transportation of the Canary
Islanders to Texas, February 14, 1729.1
[To] Don Bartolome de Cazabna. [Casablanoa] y Mesa, Juez
del Comercio de Indias in the Canary Islands.
Marqu6s de San Miguel de Aguayo has informed me that, as a
consequence of the French invasion of the Province of Texas and
Nuevas Philipinas-in Nueva EspaTra--in 1719, which forced the
soldiers stationed there as guards to abandon the [first named]
province 'and the six missions erected in it, the Marqu6s de Valero,
who was viceroy of that kingdom, at the time, made him in my
name, governor and captain-general of the provinces above men-
tioned and of Coahuila; that when he had succeeded in pacifying
these parts-the country of the Texas, Bahia del Espiritu Santo,
and the presidio of San Antonio, the said provinces being again
brought under my domdnion-hie left them fortified by the neces-
sary presidios, one in the center of -the Te:as country with a
guard of twenty-five men to protect the missions, one at Adaes
with one hundred men, one at Bahia del Espiritu Santo with
ninety men; and that this work was finished on the thirty-first of
May 1722. He suggested, for the greater security of the provinces
mentioned, and for the saving of expenses to the royal treasury,
since there would be so many soldiers and presidios to maintain,
that it would be a good plan for four hundred families to come
from your Islands [the Canaries], from the city of Havana, and
from the Province of Tlascala, and be distributed in Bahia de San
1This title is supplied. The annotations of the appendices are mine
throughout, as are the translations, except in II and IV.
'From a document in Expediente Mandado formar, etc., 1811, Nacog-
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