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of French ranches within that area, he hesitated to assume the re-
sponsibility for beginning hostilities, and referred the whole mat-
ter to the viceroy.
One result of this correspondence was a proclamation by San-
doval flatly prohibiting any commerce with 'the French, thus shut-
ting Natchitoches off from what seems to have been its granary.
A more important result was the subsequent observance by both
sets of local officers of the Arroyo Hondo, mentioned above, as the
limit of their respective colonial jurisdictions.' As the French
and Spanish touched each other nowhere else in the west, a more
extended delimitation was regarded as unnecessary. Sandoval,
however, fared badly because of his share in the controversy. His
successor brought suit against him on the charge of betraying the
royal interests, and the resulting protracted litigation almost ruined
the innocent and powerless governor.2
In 1738 there was published in Paris a history of Louisiana by
Du Pratz.3 This French officer, who had resided in the province
from 1718 to 1734 naturally favored the pretensions of his gov-
ernment and repeated the earlier statement that Louisiana ex-
tended to New Mexico. Upon his map he represented the Rio
Grande as the western boundary of Louisiana, as far as 290 25'
north latitude. Thence the boundary left the river and ran parallel
with the Pecos about forty miles distant. 'There following a
mountain chain, it finally ended in latitude 420 north. His
claim, however, may be matched by that of Mota-Padilla,4 who, in
1742, spoke of the province of Texas as extending to the Red
River; or by the Franciscan Espinosa5 who stated that the prov-
ince reached to the Missouri; or by the auditor Altamira6 and
the cosmographer of New Spain, Villa-Sefior y Sanchez,7 who
claimed Adaes as its outpost. In general it is possible to disregard
' orfi Memorias, 222-225; Historia LXIII, Document 73, Par. 23; Stod-
dard, Sketches of Louisiana, 144.
'Bonilla, loc. cit., 18.
'Le Page du Pratz, Historie do la Louisiane. Cf. Historia XLIII, Opts-
culo I, Pars. 19, 20, 72.
4Matias de la Mota-Padilla, Con quista de la Nueva Galicia, 248. Guad-
6Chronica Apostolica, 419.
'Altamira, Testimonio de un Parecer, in Yoakum, History of Texas, I
'Don Joseph Antonio de Villa-Sefior y Sanchez, Theatro Americano II,
326. Mexico, 1746.
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