The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 34
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
New Santander and Texas and recommended the mouth of the
Rio Grande as the proper place for a port. Their recommendation
seemed to favor a location which would turn Texas trade towards
Mexico rather than towards Louisiana. In 1788 or 1789 the vice-
roy, after a representation from a certain De Blanc, commander at
.Natchitoches, reinforced by a letter from Governor Mir6 of Louis-
iana, reported the whole affair to Spain; and on March 1st, 1790,
orders were received to suspend all action. Thus an opportunity
was lost to develop the internal resources of the colony and to fix
the limits definitely at the Sabine.
Aside from this ineffectual attempt to fix the limits of Texas,
the boundary notices of this period among Spanish records are
few and very vague. Friar Augustin de Morfi visited the prov-
ince in 1778, and one portion1 of his Memorias mentions the east-
ern limit of the province as "the Adaes" and in another2 as the
"Rio vermejo 6 de Natchitoches." He likewise mentions its colon-
ial neighbors on the east as "Louisiana" and "English colonies."
Six years before Governor Ripperda had spoken of the Mississippi
as the western limit of Louisiana;3 but his co-laborers, the cabildo
of San Fernando (San Antonio) stated it more correctly as "the
Adaes."4 Bonilla likewise places the limit at this point.5 Me-
zieres probably gave Morfi his idea that both Louisiana and the
English colonies bordered Texas on the east. While these notices
tend to emphasize the previous tacit observance of the line between
Adaes and Natchitoches, they are too vague for a more satisfactory
generalization. There is nothing from the Louisiana side to sup-
ply this deficiency. The possession by Spain of both provinces did
not, so far as reciprocal commerce was concerned, render the sub-
ject unimportant, but the practice of the Spanish government in
other respects conveys the opposite idea.
In 1785 Stephen Mir6, the governor-general of Louisiana, in-
formed the viceroy of New Spain that the French had left no
'Bk. I, Par. 2.
Historia XLIII, Doe. LXXIII, Par. 28.
'Representation to Ripperda, July 7, 1770. Memorias de Nuea Espaa,
XXVIII. The name "Adaes" refers to the Indians and not to the Sabine
'THE QUARTERLY, VIII 9, 11.
OMemorias de Nueva Espaia, XXVIII 278.
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