The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 62
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length in a report to Bishop Penalvert of Louisiana, written in
1799.1 The character of the original inhabitants of Louisiana had
greatly deteriorated through the free admission of America pion-
eers. These adventureres were scattered over the region bordering
upon Texas, were employing the Indians upon their farms, and im-
pressing upon their minds "maxims in harmony with their own
ambitions." What was worse, they were in the habit of saying to
each of their robust boys, "You will be the man to go to Mexico."
They threatened not only Texas, but New Mexico from the coun-
try of the Illinois. His remedy was to prevent their settlement at
any of the dangerous points. In 1802, after the innovations of these
and other Louisiana settlers gave Governor Salcedo a great deal of
annoyance, that official received instructions to make no more grants
to Americans. But the damage was already done; the navigation of
the Mississippi, naturally leading to the fur trade of its western
waters, had attracted a frontier population that would be satisfied
only with the supposedly fabulous mineral wealth of the interior of
VI. THE DIPLOMACY OF THE LOUISIANA CESSION.
Fauchet, the successor of Genet, was as keenly alive as the latter
with regard to the importance of possessing Louisiana, but he pre-
ferred to have France obtain it by diplomacy. When he learned
the full significance of the Jay treaty, he believed it to be unfavor-
able to his country and clearly against the treaty of 1778; but
France had no way to force from the United States a greater re-
spect for her interests. The true remedy he believed to be the
acquisition of a continental colony (Louisiana, of course) which
would give France a needed entrepot for the West India trade, a
market for her manufactures, and a monopoly of the produce of the
Mississippi Valley. From this secure position France would have
the means of bringing pressure to bear upon the United States and
thus keep her subordinate to her own policy.2
The French minister knew from Knox that the United States
preferred Spain to France as a colonial neighbor, because the for-
mer was less to be feared. He likewise knew that if Spain per-
xGayarr6, IV 407, 408.
'American Historical Review, X 265.
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