The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 83
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Spanish Abandonment and Re-Occupation of East Texas. 83
step about to be taken, as will be seen later on, but within a week,
nevertheless, he set out for the frontier, going first to Adaes and
returning by way of Nacogdoches.1 It seems that the garrison of
Orcoquisac was already at Bexar, and that, therefore, Ripperda
did not go to Orcoquisac.2 As affairs at B6xar demanded his at-
tention, he remained only eight days in the settlements, leaving
the execution of his mission to Lieutenant Gonzalez, of the Adaes
At mission Nacogdoches, where a large concourse of Indians
was assembled, the governor was visited by the head chief of the
Texas, Santo, or Vigotes, who had suspended hostilities with the
Osages in order to entreat the Spaniards not to leave the frontier.
Vigotes seem to have been moved to this solicitude in part by the
fact that the Lipans were just then threatening hostilities.3
He undoubtedly knew, too, that the withdrawal of the Spaniards
meant a decrease in the number of presents and in the available
supply of firearms and other articles of trade.
Contrary to Rubi's prediction that Adaes was bringing to a close
its unfortunate career, since his visit six years before the place
seems to have prospered, at least in so far as numbers are a sign of
prosperity; for whereas in 1767 Rubi was able to report only about
thirty families - perhaps two hundred persons - Ripperda esti-
mated a population of more than five hundred, living near the
presidio and on ranches round about Adaes and Los Ais.4 These
'Ripperda to the viceroy, May 28, 1773, and July 11, 1773, in Vol. 100,
Provincias Internas, Archivo General.
2On his return from the frontier the governor mentioned finding Cap-
tain Pacheco, of the Orcoquisac garrison, at B6xar. A report made on
Dec. 15, 1771, shows that at that time all of the garrison belonging to
Orcoquisac, as well as fifty of the soldiers from Adaes, were in B6xar.
Whether the Orcoquisac garrison had remained there all this time I can
not say. Ripperda may have gone to Adaes by way of Orcoquisac, which
would account for the garrison reaching Bfxar in advance of the gov-
ernor (Ripperda to the viceroy, Dec. 15, 1771, and July 11, 1773, in Vol.
100, Provincias Internas, Archivo General).
I aRipperda to the viceroy, July 11, 1773 (Letter No. 30, Vol. 100, Pro-
vincias Internas, Archivo General).
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