The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 80
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unless we take measures to prevent it. Various armed persons.
have entered and have possessed themselves of certain lands; and,
although they have been called to account for it, they have dis-
regarded the protests, feeling confident because of the neglect with
which this territory has been treated. It will be easy to dispossess
these persons by sending troops there; but although it frees us of
them, this step will not be enough to thwart the designs which we
have every reason to fear they have with respect to this province.
The committee has no hesitation in indicating to congress, that our
negligence on this point, will bring upon the province of Texas the
same fate that the Floridas experienced or, at least, it will be con-
verted into a rendezvous for pirates. And what injuries will not
come to commerce and to the national reputation, in either of the
two cases ?
For such evils no remedies can be adopted with so much prob-
ability of success as the establishment in Texas of an industrious
population, bound to the Empire by religion, and interested in de-
fending its possessions against any aggression. The inherent spirit
of industry of the natives of the countries mentioned is already
very well known.
The Irish have given most conclusive proofs of this virtue by
the cultivation of extensive lands in the United States. The people
of the Canaries have demonstrated it in Caracas and other points,
and especially on the Island of Cuba, whose agricultural popula-
tion is composed entirely of Canary Islanders or of their descend-
ants. It cannot, then, be doubted that with such colonies the pop-
ulation will grow rapidly, and in proportion, will increase the
wealth of Texas. Neither can it be doubted that this population
and this wealth will be the barrier by which any attempt of the-
adjoining nation will be stopped. The marriages that would
take place between the new settlers and the daughters of the coun-
try ought also to call your attention; for, since the grave obstacle
of a difference in religion does not exist, it is probable that these
may be frequent. Those who have presented the petition in ques-
tion do not demand any privileges other than those expressed in
the articles at the end of this document. These would be small
sacrifices on the part of the Empire, as compared with the costly
ones the petitioners have to make to carry out the interesting
project that they themselves propose.
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