The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 330
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330 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Antonio,' in all the missions, at Adaes, and among the Texas In-
dians; that, at the same time, a new mission, with a settlement
of Spaniards and Tlascaltecans, should be founded half way [be-
tween San Antonio and the Texas country] in one of the follow-
ing locations: la Afiguila, or Nuestra Sefiora de Buena Vista, since
the one hundred and seventy-two leagues between San Antonio
and the first mission among the Texas Indians is unsettled. It
seemed to him that, without these families, it would be hard to
hold the province, which is one of the most valuable in America.
It is very fertile in all kinds of grain, seed, and stock; and like-
wise rich in mines which can be worked. After the above men-
tioned report had been seen in my Council of the Indies, together
with the opinion of the fiscal in regard to it, I was likewise con-
sulted on the point; and, as it was remembered that by an order
of March 18, 1732, issued por la via reservada, Don Juan Montero,
who was then serving as intendente ad interim of those Islands,
was given instructions that every register ship leaving the Islands
for Campeche should carry over two hundred families of such per-
sons 'as desired to volunteer to settle in the above mentioned places,
in the Bay of San Bernardo, [or] Bahia del Espiritu Santo, and
the Province of Texas, to be distributed proportionately in all
these places; and that said families should be left in the port of
Campeche from whence they should be carried to Vera Cruz in
trading vessels, I have now resolved, that, for the peace and secur-
ity of the aforesaid provinces, there should be sent from those
Islands four hundred families, including the two hundred for
whose departure I had previously provided by the above mentioned
order of March 18, 1723. It must be understood that these addi-
tional two hundred families shall set sail from the Canaries in
such register ships as may leave for the port of Havana, each
vessel carrying ten or twelve families, and as many more as is
possible, in order that from the said port they may be transported
to the port of Vera Cruz, and from there they may travel by sea
to the places which they are to settle and inhabit. I, therefore,
command and order that you make known my royal will in those
Islands, and see if there be families in them who desire to go by
1It is probable that a line was omitted here, and that the reading should
be Bahla del Espiritu Santo and the presidio of San Antonio, as above.
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