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bidding Ugarte return the slaves and suspend the decree until he
could hear from Spain. This was finally done.
Later, Casa Calvo reported that his course met with the approval
of his government, but Turner stated that Salcedo suspended
Ugarte for carrying out this suggestion and instructed his suc-
cessor to execute the decree. Claiborne, however, managed to
secure from Casa Calvo a. reiteration of his position in this mat-
ter. In reporting the affair to his government, Casa Calvo stated
that he had tried to quiet Claiborne by suggesting that the cedula
did not refer to the Americans, but to the French, with whom the
Spaniards were at war when it was issued.35 The incident is sig-
nificent of the influence which the latter wielded, despite the fact
that the American government refused to acknowledge his position
as boundary commissioner, and that his fellow officials in Florida
and the Internal Provinces were jealous of his power and did their
best to hamper him in his efforts to carry out his task. The inci-
dent aroused also other portions of Orleans Territory, particularly
Point Coupee. The slaves of this region had formerly revolted
under Spanish rule and were now reported as restive, owing to the
tidings from Natchitoches.
On November 10, 1804, Casa Calvo addressed a communication
to Nimecio Salcedo, in which he expressed his belief that the royal
order of 1789 must be modified by the retrocession of Louisiana.
He mentioned Claiborne's complaint in August, the recent escape
of slaves in Natchitoches, and the report of disturbances at Point
Coupee as evidencing the necessity of suspending the order until
they could learn His Majesty's latest determination. Accordingly
he had requested Ugarte to do so and he hoped this would meet
with Salcedo's approval." ,
A few days before this Ugarte had received a testimonial from
certain officials and citizens of Natchitoches stating that his
course had foiled the negro insurrection and thanking him
warmly as the benefactor of their country. On two separate occa-
sions Ugarte had likewise employed his troops to secure and re-
turn parties of escaping negroes."7 When Ugarte received Casa
18lbid. Parker, Nos. 7097-7103, 7107, 7186, 7190, 7260.
"8Casa Calvo to (Salcedo) and to Ugarte, November 10, 1804. MSS.,
ArcMvio General, Provincias Internas, Vol. 200.
"8Sindicos and Major of Militia to Ugarte, November 14, 1804; Salcedo
to Governor of Texas, January 23, 1805, Ibid.
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