The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 153
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1833 153
Ortiz to the Vice-President
October 31, 1830.
It will be possible to direct the political affairs of the Union more
expeditiously and more in harmony with the great and constructive
principles of the federation after the legal regime in the Republic
has been re-established and its institutions have been fixed. This
is to be expected from the wise reforms that the fundamental code
prescribes for the united nation in its next congress. From this
the Mexicans must necessarily expect the establishment of a more
centralized, vigorous, and general power which can count upon
greater coercive strength along with other wholesome improve-
There will be no attempt now to discuss the advantages of reduc-
ing the states to the number that would be convenient for the
fulfilling of their functions and for counterbalancing thereby the
population and wealth of the different factions that arose from in-
experience and a spirit of provincialism on the part of certain
ambitious men and not from the free will of the people. But there
may at least be granted to the general government of the Union,
along with other powers, a discretional oversight of the govern-
ment of the line bordering on foreign nations and on Indian
tribes. This centralized control will encourage an orderly and
progressive colonization system while it is directing governmental
and economic affairs through the intervention of local, political
authorities that are independent of the states. This will regulate
the establishment of settlements so as to protect and hold the
The northern frontier everywhere presents imminent dangers
to the integrity of the territory of the Republic. It is now threat-
ened by the incursions of the barbarous natives and the no less
dangerous invasions of adventurers as well as by the views and
designs of neighboring nations-especially touching the boundary
of Texas, New Mexico, and Upper California. If these sections
be left unprotected any longer, the total or partial loss of these
important points must inevitably follow, to the dishonor and gen-
eral detriment of the nation and its government. At all hazards
and at the cost of every sacrifice, the government must be on guard
at every moment.
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