The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 6
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
d'Ulloa. This fortress, situated on an island in the harbor of Vera,
Cruz, was defended by one hundred and sixty pieces of artillery
and some five thousand men. The bombardment commenced about
two o'clock, in the afternoon of the 27th of November, and was.
so well directed that in four hours, after a loss of six hundred
men in killed and wounded, the Mexicans capitulated and marched
out of the castle, and the French took possession. The Mexican
government thereupon despatched Santa Anna with five thousand
men to 'drive the French out of the place. In attempting this, he
lost his leg, and many of his troops were killed and wounded. On
March 9, 1839, a treaty was made between Mexico and France,
which was shortly afterwards ratified, and the French forces left
the territory of the Republic.1
On his way home Admiral Baudin, with a part of the fleet,
visited Texas. He was given a grand welcome to Galveston and
to Texas. The mayor and aldermen ,of Galveston delivered the
keys of the city to him, and Admiral Baudin, in a written response,
declared that he was glad to have contributed by his work in
Mexico to such a cause as the independence of the Texian nation.
... . I hope it will prove, too, beneficial to the several nations,
who, either as friends or as foes, have to deal with Mexico. Noth-
ing could be more gratifying to my feelings than to, be considered
as one of you, gentlemen, whose industry and energy I do. so. much
admire. Be assured that I would vastly prefer being the humblest
member of a well regulated and thriving community, like yours,
than to, moving in the sphere of wealth and power in a corrupt
and decaying society. With the highest regard and respect, I have
the honor to be, Gentlemen,
Your affectionate and devoted Serv't, CHARLES BAUDIN.2
To understand fully the gratitude of the people we must re-
member that, but for the opportune interference of the French, the
whole coast of Texas would have been at the mercy of any fleet,
however small, that Mexico might have sent against it. Can it be
wondered at that Galveston and all Texas felt that France had
helped to fight the battles of the Republic?
1Yoakum, II, 242, 253, 255.
2Baudin to Mayor and Aldermen of Galveston, May 13, 1839, in an un-
identified newspaper clipping.
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