The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 21
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
the testimony both of contemporary historians and of geographers,
for they commonly follow national interpretation, and their state-
ments balance each other. If, occasionally, one seems to favor the
opposing nation, his apparent generosity is matched by like con-
duct from the other side, as is shown by the maps of the Spaniard
Lopez, and the Frenchman Vaugondy.1
While Prudencio de Orobio y Basterra held the office of governor
ad interim (from 1737 to 1740), he recommended the establish-
ment of a new presidio upon the Trinity River, in order to break
up the commerce of the Indians in that vicinity with the French.2
This representation, however, seems to have attracted little or no
attention from the viceroy, and the inattention may have encour-
aged later governors to permit this illegal traffic. There are, how-
ever, some indications that in 1744 Governor Vaudreuil of Louis-
iana attempted to break up the trade of his subjects with the Span-
This trade with the French, openly countenanced and even par-
ticipated in by succeeding Texas governors, became especially pro-
nounced during the rule of Lieut.-Col. Don Jacinto de Barrios y
Jauregui. Unfortunately, as one of the historians of the period
writes, "it is hard to relate the events that occurred in his term
in such a way as not to fall into the error of telling them too early
or too late" ;4 yet certain of these events were important, for they
led directly to the only attempt by a Spanish official to define the
boundary between the French and Spanish colonies west of the
Barrios took possession of his government late in 1751. Morfi
and those who follow him report that afterward he permitted the
settlement, upon the Trinity, of a Frenchman named Blancpain
(or Lampen), with two compatriots .and two negro slaves. These
new settlers, so the report goes, assumed the character of Spanish
subjects for the purpose of carrying on trade with the Indians;
and because of their influence over the latter, rendered the prov-
ince an important service. According to the authorities already
'See summary by Prof. John R. Ficklen in Publications of the South-
ern Historical Association, V 351-387.
2Morfi, Memorias, 232.
'The Present Stale . . . of Louisiana. London, 1744.
4Bonilla, Breve Compendio, translated in TIlE QUARTERLY, VIII 48.
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