The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 75
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1888
interior provinces. However, the execution of Hidalgo and the
counter revolution in Texas, forced him to remain at New Orleans,
to which point he had gone after a visit in Washington City.
These misfortunes did not dampen his ardor and he made good
use of his time by sending information to Morelos and Ray6n, who
had assumed the leadership of the insurgents after the death of
Hidalgo. He reported that many European governments were
favorable toward the cause of independence and that the United
States was anxious for the appointment of a regular agent and
for the establishment of a port on the Mexican Gulf through which
arms could be dispatched to the insurgents. Though some of his
letters were intercepted, others sent by different routes must have
finally reached their destination, since his suggestions were soon
actually carried out. He remained in New Orleans for several
years, giving aid and advice to the revolutionary agents who were
sent to that city. The Spanish consul at New Orleans, though
ever on the alert to discover plots against the royalists, seems not
to have realized what Ortiz was accomplishing. In speaking of
him he declared that he was "a young fellow with little education
or native ability, who wrote poorly, without sense, spelling or punc-
tuation, and that he did not seem informed as to events in New
Spain or to be in communication with Morelos."2 Upon the estab-
lishment of independence, he hastened to Mexico City and turned
his attention to plans for establishing colonies in Texas,8 present-
ing in 1822, a petition for introducing Irishmen and Canary
Islanders into that province. His plan was favorably regarded,
but he turned his attention for a time to other sections of the
In 1823 he was authorized by the government to settle on the
Goatazocoalco River families from the Antilles and from New Or-
leans. From this time until 1829, he devoted his entire time and
attention to the colonization of this region; and, in spite of almost
insuperable difficulties, he made considerable progress.
He was recognized as an authority on the subject of coloniza-
tion, as is evidenced by a report of a committee charged by the
'Torres Lanza, Pedro, Independencia de America: Fuentes para su
Estudio, Colecoion de Documentos Conservados en el Archivo de Indias
de Sevilla, Second Series, Part 2, p. 197.
'Hernandez y DAvalos, Colecci6n de Documentos para la Historia de
la Guerra de Independencia de M&ico, V, 188-196.
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