The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 208
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"the Spanish occupation," which does injustice to, France. How-
ever, this is a healthy reaction against the view that the Spaniards
did nothing worthy of mention.
A very serious fault in the plan is a too rigid adherence to the
topical method, and a failure to reveal the general historical pro-
cess as a whole by which the West was opened. For example, the
Spanish occupation is traced from Cortes to 1846 before British,
American, or Russian activities are introduced. In this way con-
current events and forces are so far separated that the reader
fails to see their interrelations. It would be better, in the opin-
ion of the reviewer, to have carried the Spanish and French story
to the end of the eighteenth century, when the Spanish influence
was at its height, turning then to the British, Russian, and Amer-
ican developments, all of which constituted infractions of the
This fault of a too rigid adherence to the topical plan is even
more noticeable in the arrangement of the lesser subdivisions. By
treating New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, and California each sepa-
rately, from beginning to end, the historical evolution of New
Spain is completely lost sight of. What we really have, there-
fore, is a series of separate histories of the individual provinces,
without relation to each other or to the general movement of
Spanish-American and of Western American history. By plac-
ing the treatment of Louisiana under Spain, beginning with the
cession of 1762, before the treatment of Texas in the seventeenth
century, is completely to miss the point of the intimate relations
between Texas and French Louisiana. Again, the sections devoted
to "the Pike Expedition," "the coming of the Americans," and
"commercial restrictions," inserted in the chapters on New Mex-
ico, Texas, and California, respectively, are more closely related
to each other, historically, than to the chapters in which they
stand. They should be brought into relations as parts of the
whole Anglo-American southwestward movement in the early nine-
teenth century. This defect of organization extends to other parts
of Volume I and to Volume II. In treating the Northwest, for
example, "explorers" are separated from "furtraders"-as though
Hanna, Meares, Kendrick, and Gray were primarily explorers and
In matters of proportion and emphasis the disparities are grave.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914, periodical, 1914; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101061/m1/212/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.