The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 94
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
perda made it clear that an adverse royal order had not served to
change his mind with respect to the frontier. On the contrary, he
restated his views with emphasis.
He said that he was not fully informed of the reason for having
abandoned East Texas, but that he believed it would be ad-
vantageous to Bexar and the other interior settlements to estab-
lish Spaniards among the northern Indians, particularly the Ta-
wakanas and Taovayases,1 the northernmost and at the same time
the most numerous and powerful of all the nations in the province.
Since these tribes were new friends, such settlements would, he
thought, be valuable as serving to cement and retain their alliance.
By forming a militia of the settlers, a line of defence would be
established from B6xar to Natchitoches. The only objection to
such a plan that he could see would be the encouragement that
might be given by the presence of the settlers to trade with the
French at Natchitoches. But that, he said, was going on
briskly even now, not only with the Taovayases and Ta-
wakanas and other tribes hitherto supplied from Louisiana,
but also with those supposedly supplied from the interior
of Texas, as was proved by the fact that these Indians
were so well provided with goods that when they came to
Bexar they even had guns to sell to the Spaniards. He thought,
moreover, that an attempt to close the trade with Natchitoches
might have even worse results, in driving the Indians to trade with
the English, which they could easily do. These considerations
induced him, he said, to recommend the petition carried by Ybarbo
and Flores as one worthy of careful consideration. In his letter to
Oconor Ripperda referred to a private request which Ybarbo had
to make, and bespoke for him Oconor's assistance, so that in case
the main petition should not be granted, "ultimately his ranch,
El Lobanillo, might come to form a pueblo of more than sixty
persons." From this it seems probable that at this time Ybarbo
intended to ask permission to return to his ranch without the re-
mainder of the petitioners, to collect and form a settlement of the
persons left on the frontier, who numbered some sixty or more.2
1After bringing the latter to the interior, he probably meant.
Ripperda to the viceroy, Dec. 10, 1773 (Autos, 8) and to Oconor, Dec.
11, 1773 (Quaderno que Corresponde, 10-11).
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