The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 41
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
teers.' This latter movement was frustrated, partly through the
opposition fo Wilkinson, but more largely through western prej-
udice against England. In his letters to the Spanish governor,
however, Wilkinson made use of this visit of the British emissary
to threaten an invasion of Louisiana and New Mexico by a com-
bined force of British and frontiersmen, unless the latter were well
treated by the Spanish authorities in the matter of navigating the
Mississippi. There is a suggestion of possible separation from the
Union in this threat. The scheme of the Spanish representative,
Gardoqui, in connection with a New Jersey trader, George Morgan,
to establish an elaborate colony on the west bank of the Mississippi
in order to restrain American migration, likewise resulted in fail-
ure.2 Yet Morgan was not the only American willing to lend him-
self to the schemes of Spain. George Rogers Clark, despairing of
adequate recognition of his really meritorious services by the Amer-
ican government or by the State of Virginia, offered to further the
aims of Spain in return for a land grant.3 'The general temper
of the West towards Spain was, however, that reported by Brissot,4
-a feeling of intense resentment, ready to express itself in actual
hostilities. The Frenchman believed that if the Americans once
began the march to New Orleans, that city and the whole con-
tiguous country would fall into their hands.
The position of Great Britain towards Louisiana as well as the
Floridas was clearly defined in the so-called Nootka Sound Epi-
sode.5 This position was determined not merely by the capture
of certain English vessels on the Pacific coast, but also by the
agitation of the Spanish-American revolutionist Francisco de Mi-
randa. His Grand Plan, in which Pitt for a time displayed inter-
est, contemplated the bestowal of constitutional rights upon all
Spanish America west of the Mississippi and south of the forty-
xOgg, Opening of the Mississippi, 443; Green, The Spanish Conspiracy,
250-253, 292-317. In view of the later plans of Wilkinson, this early
coupling of New Mexico with a projected Louisiana invasion is signifi-
cant. Cf. Cox, "The Early Exploration of Louisiana," 91, University of
Cincinnati Studies, Series, II, Vol. TI, No. 1.
2Tbid., 449, note 2; Green, 294.
3Report of the American Historical Association, 1896, I, 932.
4American Historical Review, V 257, 258.
'A monograph upon the subject by William Ray Manning is published
in Report of the American Historical Association, 19014.
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