The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 89
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Conditions Affecting Colonization Problem, 1795-1801 89
admission. In addition, he explained that the Choctaws would
trade in Louisiana, especially in Rapide, where they could buy to
an advantage, and that, consequently, Texas would receive no
benefits whatever from their entry.'6 As a result of these ob-
jections, Elguezabal at once appealed to the Governor of Louisiana
to prevent the immigration of the Choctaws; while MorAl urged
Layssard to persuade them to delay their departure until the final
decision of the superior authorities could be received.17 De Nava
soon rendered an unfavorable opinion, and Elguezabal issued an
order forbidding their entry.'s But not discouraged by this re-
fusal, Layssard at once began to lay plans for making peace be-
tween his proteges and the native tribes of Texas so that one ob-
jection to their immigration might be removed. He prepared an
address setting forth the wisdom of following his proposed path
of peace and forwarded it to Jos6 Viddl, Spanish Consul at
Natchez, for delivery to the grand chief of the Choctaws.19 As a
result, the petitioners soon repeated their request; and in spite of
the fact that for years their conduct towards the Spaniards had
not been above reproach they finally received permission to settle
in Texas. Upon more than one occasion they had attacked the
Indians of Texas; and, although the governor of Louisiana had
charged his subordinates to see that the offenders were restrained,
his efforts had been without any practical results due to the prox-
imity of the Americans and the English, who kept the Indians
supplied with arms.20 Besides this, the Spanish authorities felt
sure that contraband trade had been carried on under cover of
these same Indians and that the Americans had been the chief
gainers by this traffic.21
Commercial aggressions of foreigners.-In the summer of 1799,
there occurred an incident which shows that distrust of foreigners
was well founded, and that some means of .holding the friendship
"1Moral to Elguezabal, July 11, 1800.
"Moral to Elguezfbal, July 27, 1800.
18De Nava to the Governor of Texas, August 4, and September 30, 1800.
'Layssard to the Great Chief of the Choctaws and other Nations, and
Layssard to Vidal, September 15, 1800.
"2De Nava to the Prince of the Peace, September 5, 1797, A. G. I. S.,
Mex., legajo 18, No. 22.
21M. de Salcedo to Elguezabal, May 2, 1803.
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