The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 47
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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
the more extensive plan of Miranda. All of them anticipate ready
aid from the American and French settlers along the Ohio, Ten-
nessee, and Cumberland, as well as from the Creole population of
Louisiana. As leader of these volunteers they suggest such oppo-
site characters as Clark and Wilkinson. The memorialists point
out the commercial advantages to the French West Indies of Louis-
iana freed from Spanish control, whatever the final disposition of
its territory. One leaves this question open, another is opposed to
its possession by the United States, while the French Creole would
bestow it upon that power in return for certain commercial advan-
tages for France. They prefer to work out their purpose without
openly involving the United States, although they know the im-
portance that that republic attaches to the free navigation of the
Mississippi, and wish to employ that factor in drawing the western
settlers into their scheme. One anonymous writer refers to this
same motive to bring about a separation of the West from the East
and its ultimate incorporation with Louisiana. The later proposal
of Barlow and Leavenworth' is in the nature of an offer to liberate
Louisiana at their own expense, and to use it as an example for all
Spanish America. They were to pay themselves and followers
from the public lands and property, 'and, in case of a retrocession
of the province to Spain, to receive back their financial outlay.
Doubtless Genet's instructions and his own later actions were
greatly influenced by these proposals, most 'of which must have
been known before he left France. Four of the memorialists were
suggested as a committee to act under Genet's direction in organiz-
ing the western volunteers and in fomenting the Louisiana revolu-
tion. Later they were to extend their propaganda to all Spanish
America, but to omit for the present this greater task.2 These
emissaries were to pass to the Ohio ostensibly in search for suit-
able land for a colony, and to assemble their volunteers under the
pretext of a campaign against 'the Indians. 'These precautions
would serve to avoid compromising the United States, ,and whether
that power should ultimately control Louisiana, time and its peo-
ple should decide.
Genet's high-handed course toward the American government
'American Historical Review, IIl 508-510.
"Ibid., III 495-496; 662, 663; Report of the American Historical Asso-
ciation, 1896, 945ff.
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