The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 216
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Tejas, taking a part of the goods, in order to ascertain his chances
for success. Finding conditions to be favorable, he caused the
rest of the goods to be brought there. On the next stage of the
journey he followed the same plan, for he left a part of the goods
at the Spanish post in East Texas while he took the balance on
to the Rio Grande. A part of these goods St. Denis claimed was
his personal property, which probably was true; the balance hb
doubtless proposed to smuggle into San Juan Bautista. In case
of an investigation St. Denis counted upon his record of service
for the Spaniards, and upon his having married a Spanish woman.
As for the goods, these evidently consisted of fifteen mule-loads
[cargas], seven of which, claimed by him as personal property,
were the ones which were embargoed. Diego Ram6n by thus em-
bargoing them made a show of performing his duty, while St.
Denis was given a cause for protest; the balance of the goods, in
the meanwhile, doubtless were quietly brought in and sold. How-
ever, the above supposed plan did not work out smoothly enough
for St. Denis or other Frenchmen to attempt an immediate repe-
tition. It is even possible that word was sent back to Texas for
the goods that were stored there to be taken back to the nearby
Natchitoches post. As for the other eight mule-loads [cargas]
that were alleged to have reached San Juan Bautista, this was
never proven, and there was, accordingly, no other course open to
the government than to release St. Denis and restore his em-
bargoed personal property. Nevertheless enough of a disturbance
had been created by the incident to interrupt the hitherto un-
troubled career of the frontier smugglers. Captain Diego Ram6n,
moreover, as a result of the incident came dangerously near losing
his position, while St. Denis doubtless did not wish to risk another
;sojourn in prison. In the light of the above considerations it is
not surprising that the more ambitious project of developing a
regular trade route from Louisiana to the Rio Grande by way of
East Texas as a halfway station was abandoned, and, instead, the
adventurers contented themselves with the brisk interchange of
commerce which developed between the French post of Natchi-
toches and the new Spanish establishments in East Texas.
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