The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 211
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Apache alliance made the Comanche hostile to the Spaniards
(102). It would probably be difficult to find facts to justify the
graphic picture of contraband trade between Texas and Louisiana
given on p. 105, and it is far from the truth to state that "when
Natchitoches became a Spanish town this trade was no longer
illicit." As a matter of fact, for several years after 1770 it was
unlawful for even the governor of Texas to so much as corre-
spond with the lieutenant-governor at Natchitoches. 1'roposals
for establishing free commerce between the provinces were dis-
cussed for years, and finally negatived, while frequent arrests were
made of persons who attempted the trade. These facts have a
bearing on the statement regarding contraband on p. 108.
It would be easy to present a vast body of evidence to refute
the assertion that there was no attempt to restrict the sale of
weapons and liquors among the Indians (p. 105). On the other
hand, the statement regarding the suggestion of the governor of
Louisiana relative to the distribution of "ardiente" (aguardiente)
and cheap firearms suggests unfamiliarity with the lengthy "In-
strucci6n" on this point issued by the viceroy in 1786.
If the statement on p. 106 is intended to mean that "many
Americans crossed the Texas border" before 1800, it should be
supported by evidence, for it is not well established. The Red
River was not generally "held by the Spanish government to be
both the natural and historic boundary" of Texas (p. 110). The
Mexican rebellion broke out in 1810, not 1812 (p. 114). It is
not true that the viceroy had no troops for the defence of Texas
at the outbreak of the War of Independence. The defence by
Arredondo was quite efficient and sufficient (p. 114). Magee's
expedition was begun in 1812, not 1813 (p. 115). Magee died
at La Bahia, and did not succeed "in getting possession of San
Antonio," nor did the declaration for the republic await that
event (p. 115). Is the "1830" on p. 117 a misprint for "1820 ?"
If so, the "Meantime" following is incorrect. If not, the state-
ment is incorrect.
All of the foregoing citations of inaccuracies have been taken
from the few pages devoted to the Spanish province of Texas.
Similar misstatements are about as numerous in the pages de-
voted to Texas in the later period. But there is neither need of
nor space for citing them. Perhaps few of the points cited are
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