The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 28
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Of the Tabasco affair, Commodore Moore has the following
. . . went up the river Tabasco, captured that place
levied a contribution of $25,000 with which supplies were obtained
from New Orleans to enable the squadron to keep at sea upwards
of ten months . . . and there by kept the Mexican Navy from
appearing off the coast of Texas to enforce the blockade . . .
We remained in quiet possession of the town of Tobasco for
twenty-one days and had no shot fired at us as we were leaving.
During this cruise one Mexican schooner was captured within five
miles of Vera Cruz, sent to Galveston, condemned and sold for
seven thousand dollars.
An item of interest in connection with the capture of Tabasco
is given by 'Midshipman C. C. Cox in his reminiscences :2
But we had no fight. The enemy evacuated the town before we
reached it-and after one night's stay we again dropped down the
River-but a good many bags of silver were taken on Board our
vessel at Tobasco and a portion at least of the same was distrib-
uted among the officers and men of the fleet as prize money. I
think eight dollars was the share I got.
April, 1841, saw the return of the Texan vessels to Galveston,
and the Yucatin expedition of 1840-1841 was closed. This expe-
dition is in history frequently confounded with later expeditions
to YucatAn.5 Historians also allude to an alliance between Yuca-
tan and 'Texas in 1840, but this alliance was not consummated in
fact until 1841. The taking of Tabasco was the result of an im-
promptu arrangement between Moore and the officials of YucatAn;
the official alliance between YucatAn and Texas, concluded in
1841, was one entered into by the civil authorities of both coun-
tries, the conditions of which were specified in a document 'en-
trusted to commissioners. In this respect it differed from the
arrangements of 1840, which were made verbal and consequently
could be easily broken at the caprice of either party, or upon
'Moore, Reply to the Pamphlet by Commodores Buchanan, Dupont, and
Magruder, etc., 19.
2TIrE QUARTERLY, VI, 124. He is in error as regards "one night's stay."
His illness at the time explains the error.
sBrown, II, 198; Thrall, A Pictorial History of Texas, 306. Thrall states,
"They were placed in the service of the revolutionary government of Yuca-
tan," and "sailed 24th of June, 1840." See also University of Texas Rec-
ord, V, 155, and Moore's To the People of Texas, 36.
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