The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 169
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Book Reviews and Notices.
The facts of Texas history used in the sketches are not always
correctly stated. In the article on the Karankawas, Austin is said
to have founded his colony on the Brazos in 1823. In the article
on the Caddos reference is made to the "governor of the republic
of Texas" treating with the Indians in 1843. A graver error is the
statement in the article on the Cherokees that these Indians had
"obtained a grant of land in the eastern part of [Texas] from the
Mexican government," and that the Texans refused to recognize
the rights of the Indians. The claim of the Cherokees to land
under a grant from the Mexican government is fully discussed in
THE QUARTERLY, VII, 95-165. The reasons for the rejection of
the treaty concluded by Sam Houston with the Cherokees, Febru-
ary 23, 1836, and for their expulsion in 1839, rested mainly on
the intriguing and traitorous conduct of these Indians subsequent
to the date of Houston's treaty with them. Nor should the fact
be overlooked that they were intruders, regarded as such by Mexico
and the Republic of Texas, and that force of arms was resorted
to after efforts to secure their peaceful removal by the United
States had failed. The statement concerning the policy of the Re-
public of Texas in dealing with the Indians (Part I, p. 501, column
2) is also full of errors.
While there are many unsatisfactory articles in Part II, there
is also a number of articles that are very good; some may be
called notable. Among the more important sketches of tribes the
following deserve mention: Nabedache, Nacogdoche, and Neche
of the I-Iasinai confederacy; Orejone, Pachalaque, Pakawa, Pama-
que and Pampopa of the Coahuiltecan family; Sana, Tankawa
and Yojuane of the Tonkawan linguistic family; Tawakoni, Tawe-
hash, Waco and Wichita of the Wichita confederacy. Biographi-
cal sketches of Quana Parker, Satanta, and Satank or Setangya
are supplied. Special mention is deserved by the sketches of the
missions. At first mention one is surprised to find them in a
volume of this kind; upon closer examination, however, one finds
that it is the first attempt to treat them in the proper environ-
ment. They have so long been known as "The Spanish missions"
that their true character as Indian missions has been obscured.
The article on the term "Texas"-its meaning, its use by the
Indians and by early writers and later by Spanish officials-is the
best discussion of the subject in print. E. W. W.
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