The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 137
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Spanish Abandonment and Re-Occupation of East Texas. 137
doches, through being made the headquarters for the trade and the
distribution of presents among the dozen or more tribes in whose
midst it lay, became the most important Indian agency in the
province, while Ybarbo, as head of the community, became among
the Indians of the northeast the most influential Spaniard of his
day. To Nacogdoches the government now looked for the main-
tenance of a counter influence among the Indians as a makeweight
against the Anglo-Americans who made their way to the borders of
the country; and when, in 1803, the American frontier was car-
ried clear to Texas, Nacogdoches became equal if not superior in
importance to Bexar through being at once the outpost for aggres-
sive movements by the Americans and for resistance by the Span-
'It should be noted that before the Louisiana cession in 1803 the Tao-
vayases country on the upper Red River, as well as the northeast, was
looked upon as a point of special danger with respect to the Anglo-Ameri-
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