The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 199
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Apache Relations in Texas, 1718-1750
efforts of the Franciscans to reduce the Apaches of Texas to mis-
sion life. Indeed, he is practically the only one who has written
anything upon this phase of the subject. In most respects, how-
ever, Arricivita emphasizes the history, if at all, from the stand-
point of the missionary, to whose side he naturally inclines. At
several points, nevertheless, both authors have been useful in sup-
plementing the documents which I have used.'
Having practically nothing in print to guide me, I have had to
rely almost entirely upon manuscript sources. The information
herein presented has been gathered from a wide range of docu-
ments, whose originals are in the Archivo General y Pfiblico of
Mexico, the archives of the College of Santa Cruz de Queretaro
and of Guadalupe de Zacatecas, the state archive of Coahuila at
Saltillo, the Bexar and Nacogdoches archives at Austin, Texas,
the San Antonio mission records, and in other miscellaneous re-
2. The Aim of This Paper.-The primary aim in writing this
paper was to prepare an introduction to the history of the Fran-
ciscan missions established for the Apache Indians in the middle
of the eighteenth century on the San Saba and Nueces rivers of
western Texas. To understand these missionary activities it
seemed necessary to examine carefully the previous relations be-
tween the eastern Apache Indians and their Spanish neighbors.
Coupled with this motive was the consideration that'Apache rela-
tions, though forming a large factor in the history of Spanish
colonization in western and central Texas, have been all but un-
known. This consideration has seemed to justify, in this first
special treatment of the subject, what may be regarded as a painful
"Espinosa's Chrdnica Apostdlica, a work of which Arricivita's is the
continuation, and which deals with events in Texas history up to 1746,
gives almost no information upon the subject of this paper.
2In the preparation of this paper, fully 10,000 typewritten pages of
transcripts, aggregating, perhaps, 2,000 separate documents, have been ex-
amined. Most of the transcripts are in the private collection of Dr. Her-
bert E. Bolton, who has kindly permitted me to use them. ftiler tran-
scripts are in the Stanford University Southwestern History ('ollection,
which is now being rapidly built up. In addition to the documents above
described, I have had access to Dr. Bolton's manuscript notes, from which
I have secured much information. Only those documents which have been
of actual use are cited in the bibliography. In the bibliography and foot-
notes "B. IMS." means documents in Dr. Bolton's collection; "B. MS.
Notes" means his personal manuscript notes which I have utilized.
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