The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 27
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
III. THE NEW NEIGHBORS OF SPANISH TEXAS.
Although suggestions from the viceregal court concerning a
boundary with the French remained unheeded, the same indiffer-
ence did not display itself when an opportunity arose to obtain the
whole of Louisiana. The exigencies of the Family Compact made
it desirable to reward Spain for her unfortunate share in the Seven
Years' War. Although the government of Louis XV may also
have desired to get rid of an unprofitable colony, yet the Spanish
government apparently considered no alternative but to accept the
proffered possession. In fact the manner in which the colonial
officials of Louisiana, from a Spanish point ,of view, had disre-
garded their obligations of good neighborhood, rendered no other
From November 3, 1762, the ,date 'of the secret transfer of
Louisiana to Spain, until May 2, 1803, when Napoleon and the
American commissioners signed the formal deed of cession to the
United States, the final disposition of Louisiana was a matter of
doubt; while the various questions arising from its possession re-
mained to perplex American diplomacy and policies until 1853.
'Thus it may be truly said that the forty years preceding 1803
were, so far as Louisiana was concerned, years of preliminary
preparation for the great transfer which exerted so important an
influence on American political events during the next half cen-
The tender of Louisiana to the Spanish sovereign was made on
November 3, 1762, and his acceptance was received ten days later.2
But it was not until 1769 that Don Alexander O'Reilly took posses-
sion of the colony, after suppressing in New Orleans an incipient re-
bellion of Spain's new subjects. The acceptance of the province
did not in any way mark its full reception into the number of Span-
ish colonies. By the terms of the cession Louisiana was to enjoy cer-
tain trading privileges that were denied to the other dependencies
of Spain. Rather than break down the system of commercial
monopoly that had characterized Spain's colonial policy up to this
Ilistoria XLIII, Opiisculo I, Par. 69; Political Science Quarterly, XIX
21rench, Hist. Coll. La., V 128, 143, 235-239.
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