The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 24
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measures of the viceroy, and ordered that "if the French make
any movement in continuance of their designs, you will have them
thrust by force from the province of Texas and from the rest of
what they have occupied in the last war."
On Mayv 26, 1721, due doubtless to the treaty made between the
two countries, the king ordered the viceroy to suspend immedi-
ately 'the execution of what he had ordered in his cidulas of No-
vember 19, 1719, and March 16, 1720, though still approving the
plan for the erection of a presidio at the Cadodachos and the occu-
pation of Espiritu Santo Bay.
0. Espinosa's Work of Preparation.-As we have seen, Father
Espinosa had left the retreating party of Spaniards at the Trinity,
and had gone to hurry up matters. He had gone first to the Rio
Grande and finally to Mexico, where he was influential in bringing
about the expedition that was to reoccupy eastern Texas. On his
way he had met the new governor, Aguayo, at Monclova, and,
arrived at the City, he used his personal influence with the viceroy
and the judges. What he urged most persistently was the send-
ing of married soldiers and settlers, included in which should be
mechanics and craftsmen-all to go voluntarily and be paid by the
government for two years in advance. The head of a family
was to receive what was equal to a soldier's salary for a year,
while the wife and the boys over fifteen were to receive half as much.
The settlers, on their arrival in Texas, were to be given land,
which could be transmitted from father to son. Espinosa rea-
soned that this arrangement would insure the parents' interest in
Texas for their children's welfare, and the latter's interest, as in
Before he left the City, Espinosa succeeded in securing a vice-
regal decree embodying what he desired relative to the families,
and he had also gotten seven, who were in distress, to volunteer
to go to Texas. He was, however, disappointed in the final out-
come and arrangements, for the rest of the expedition was not so
selected, but was recruited from different cities, and in general
from the jails.3 At any rate, the families must have played a
'Royal Oddula, March 21, 1721, in Reales gddulas, 1721, Tomo li2, B. MS.
zRoyal Cedula, May 26, 1721, in Reales Gddulas, 1721, Tomo 42, B. MS.
'Espinosa, Chronica, 455. Miss Austin, "Municipal Government of San
Fernando de Bexar," in THE QUARTERLY, VITI, 289, says, "some time after
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