The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 36
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
ince.l The same may be said of the famous inspection of 1778
under Cabellero de Croix, who was accompanied by Padre Mlorfi.'
A record of one of the numerous journeys of Mezieres among the
Indians of northeastern Texas has been preserved to us;" and while
this contains some geographical data concerning the rivers of east
Texas, like his letters, it is especially important for its description
of the Indians. The same is true of the really remarkable journey
of Pedro Vial,4 from San Antonio to Santa Fe, by way of Colo-
rado, Brazos, led, and Pecos rivers. The following year Vial re-
turned by way of the Red River and Nacogdoches to San Antonio.5
In 1801, two residents of Louisiana made the journey from Vera
Cruz to New Orleans," recording many interesting observations
upon the country traversed. 'These various journals, however,
added more to the wealth of Spanish archives than to the general
knowledge of the period.
We have already noted that after 1763 the English settlements
upon the eastern bank of the Mississippi threatened to. interfere
materially with the attempted policy of exclusion on the Texas
frontier. The danger became more menacing when, in 1772, Eng-
lishmen were reported to be among the Indians near Natchitoches
and later on the Trinity. An investigation from Bahia was or-
dered, in the course of which Captain Cazorla discovered among
the natives what he thought to be English arms, but no English-
men. The natives said that they obtained the arms through French
traders, who would not permit the English to approach the Indian
villages. Two years later an English vessel remained in the Neches
long enough to raise a crop. In 1777 an English vessel loaded with
brick was reported as wrecked in the same river. Ybarbo, who was
sent from Bucareli to investigate the wreck, found it on Sabine
Lake, where it had been plundered by the Attakapas. He also ex-
plored the coast as far west as the Trinity in search of another
English vessel reported to be in the vicinity, but -achieved nothing
beyond finding an English sailor, marooned from a passing
'THIE QUARTERLY, IX 74, note 2.
2Morff, Viaje de Indios y Diario del NTuevo Mexico, in Documentos. para
la Historic de Mexico, Second Series, Vol. I.
"Historia XLIII, Opitsculo IV.
'Ibid., XLIITI, Doe. L.
'Ibid., LXII, Doc. VII.
0Ibid., LXII, Doc. LXIX.
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