The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 92
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Mississippi.1 A new argument for more strongly defending the
eastern frontier was now available and was made use of by Rip-
perda to support this proposal. It was not long after the cession
of the country east of the Mississippi to the English before there
began to be talk of danger from that quarter, much as formerly
there has been talk of danger from the French. Rubi had said he
did not entertain any such fears2 although others did. Later on,
rumors floated in from the north that gave some ground for such
apprehensions. MeziBres claimed that when he was on his ex-
tended tour among the northern Indians in 1772, carrying to them
the sword and the olive branch, he found among the Taovayases a
certain Indian, named Jos6, who was engaged in bringing from
the Panis-Mahas (Pawnees?) firearms of foreign--that is, neither
French nor Spanish-make. He found there also, two Panis-Mahas
advertising the advantages of trading with the English. These he
brought to Bexar to be questioned on the subject.3 In addition to
these things, Mezieres declared the Osage Indians to be hostile to
the Spaniards and friendly toward the English.4
Mezibres's report convinced Ripperda that, to keep them from
contamination, the Taovayases and Ovedsitas should be brought
from their remote homes on the upper Brazos and the upper Red
rivers to the interior, and the new presidio established among them;
and he saw in the situation of the Osages and the threatened Eng-
lish trade an additional argument for keeping an influence over all
the northern Indians, namely, that they might be used eventually
in driving the Osages and their allies across the Missouri River,
or even in repelling an invasion by the English themselves.
The eastern tribes, living between Adaes and the middle Trinity
were generally friendly toward the Spaniards, but recently sus-
picion had arisen that the Vidais and the Texas were becoming
1RipperdA to the viceroy, April 28, 1772, and July 5, 1772, in Expe-
diente sobre proposiciones, 2-3, 19-20; Bonilla, Breve Compendio, 65-66.
Ripperda had earlier than this expressed similar opinions. See the in-
forme of Barrios to the viceroy, Nov. 6, 1771, in Vol. 99, Provincias
Internas, Archivo General.
2Dietamen, paragraph 17.
8Informe del Capn. infanta. Dn. Athanacio de Mezieres al Sr. Coronel
Baron de Ripperda, July 4, 1772, in Expediente sobre proposiciones, 37-39.
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