The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 93
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New Mexico and the Texan Santa Fe Expedition
On May 1, after a conference with Manuel Alvarez, the United
States consul at Santa Fe, he reported that all the "Americans"
were hoping to see the Texan flag placed over both New Mexico
and California,29 and soon after this he learned that an American
by name of "Nait" had gone to Texas as the agent of the Amer-
ican element in Mora and Taos to confer with the Texans on the
question of a union.30 During the next month the attitude of the
New Mexicans themselves gave new cause for alarm. By this
time Armijo had become convinced that the arrival of the Texans
had been delayed until September, and he urged the government
to take advantage of the delay by sending troops to meet them
when they did come. He now made the definite statement that
he could not count upon the people of New Mexico for co-oper-
ation against a Texan invasion. He said, "The people will not
defend themselves because they have expressed a desire to join
the Texans in order that they may secure better conditions, and
they are now merely waiting for the proper opportunity."31 His
next report contained concrete evidence of this attitude, due to
the fact that it had become necessary to suppress a revolutionary
movement in Taos. The ringleaders had been captured, and they
reported that the lower class, which formed a majority of the
population, hoped for the arrival of the Texan expedition in
order that they might secure a release from Mexican rule and
avoid paying their debts. Armijo added to this a statement that
with the exception of the priests, the entire population of Taos
was favorable to Texas.32 This was used as a basis for a new
appeal for aid, and the same information was sent to the gov-
ernor of Chihuahua, with the warning that the Texans might also
be directing their drive against that department." With this two-
fold danger to face, Armijo now deemed it advisable to give up
a projected campaign against the Navajo Indians, and to make an
unfavorable treaty with them.84
'Armijo to Minister of War, May 1, 1840.
'Armijo to Minister of War, May 18, 1840. No other reference to such
an individual has been found.
81Armijo to Minister of War, June 17, 1840.
8"Armijo to Minister of War, July 12, 1840.
"Vigil to CondO, July 12, 1840.
84Armijo to Minister of War, July 19 and July 31, 1840.
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