The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 17
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Review of Work of Texas Stale Historical Association. 17
Narviez was a Spanish don and a conquistador of previous ex-
periences, the rival of Cortes. Having obtained a royal grant
"to conquer and govern the provinces of the main, extended from
Rio Palmas to the Cape of Florida," he equipped five ships,
loaded them with six hundred men, including eighty horsemen,
and sailed from San Lucar June 17, 1527, destined for Santo
Domingo; thence to parts of Cuba where he took a pilot named
Misuelo, who claimed to know the way and that he had been on
the river of Palms and was a very good pilot for the whole
northern coast. But Narvaez and the pilot had not reckoned with
West India hurricanes, by which they were buffeted hither and
thither, lost some ships and finally landed on the coast of Florida,
April 12, 1528. Had the weather been more favorable, permitting
them to land in the mouth of the Rio Grande (claimed by some
as the "River of Palms"), the Nueces, the Guadalupe, or the Brazos,
and founded the colony intended in the year 1528, accessible as it
would have been by sea to Cuba and San Domingo, Texas history
today would probably be quite different. There ore the muni-
men ts of title to the State of Texas are derived through the Re-
public of Texas, which wrested it by successful revolution from
the Republic of Mexico, which in turn acquired it by successful
revolution from the Kingdom of Spain. The latter held it by
right of original discovery under rules of international law formu-
lated and observed by European governments then and now.
Dr. H erbert E. Bolton has performed a notable service and
given this Association repute among other Historical Associa-
tions, through his exploration into Spanish and Mexican sources
for authentic contemporaneous history of the Spanish occupation
of Texas. As an aid to students he first published an article en-
titled, "Some Material for Southwestern HIistory in the Archivo
General de M exico" (VI, 103; VIT, 196), and continuing on the
same lines he later published a Guide to the Material for the His-
tory of the United Rlates in the Principal Archives of Mexico
(XVII[, 109). No one has used this source of historic wealth
so assiduously as lie himself and from his publications it would
appear that he has specialized on it. Much of it had never be-
fore been translated into English, some never published in any
language, and it has enabled him to use neow and authentic sources
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