The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 223
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1833 223
cient time to explain carefully one of the most salient points
calculated to gain the wise considerations on the part of the gov-
ernment. In my judgment neither will the integrity of the Re-
public be assured nor will the government be able to shoulder its
immense responsibility unless such a base be encouraged and
adopted by you. I mean to say that vast regions will be wholly
under the allegiance of the United States of the North unless
certain districts are formed which shall be immediately dependent
upon the federal government under a systematic and well-ordered
plan of administration, settlement, development, and fortification
on the principal points of the circuit of the frontier line, which
running from Bahia de Sabinas to Cabo de San Sebastian, upon
the shore line of the Pacific, encircles us with an aggressive na-
tion. With the greatest zeal it is pushing forward its establish-
ments and is hemming us in with a growing and active popula-
tion, even though it does not go beyond its borders. This would
be difficult to prevent in such remote and unsettled regions, un-
less an equal counterpoise of settlements be interposed in time.
It would hem us in in such a way that the supremacy and inde-
pendence of Mexico would be elusive and nominal. This would
be a natural result of its preponderance in numbers along all this
vast area on the border line. It would be true also because of
the trade it would necessarily have with our ports of California
and Texas, and because of unforeseen complications, of questions
frequently raised between neighboring peoples, and of other po-
litical matters that are bound to come up. In case of war those
districts abandoned to chance and in contact with vigorous and
ambitious settlements which are already sufficiently exploited,
through the constant efforts and tendency of a maritime power,
which aspires at the same time to the mercantile supremacy and
dominion of the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico, would
be in imminent danger, and the liberty of our coast-trade and
commerce would die.
If the independent Mexican government, Excellent Sir, wishes
to transmit to posterity with a strong hand the integrity of its
possessions, it must not forget for an instant, that as soon as the
intrepid descendants of the English gained their independence
and consolidated their institutions, they began to reflect upon the
meager resources which a mediocre and undeveloped land had
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