The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 85
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1888
Vice-President, and at the same time favor it with your influence
in order that it may go into effect; and with such motive accept
the consideration of my profound respect and particular attention.8
Terdn to Alamin
Office of the Commissioner of Colonization,
October 14, 1830.
In consequence of what Your Excellency so kindly advised me
in your note of the 23rd of last July in which you enclosed me
the communication of Tadeo Ortiz concerning the development
and establishment of settlements on a systematic basis, it has
seemed to me expedient to say to Your Excellency that, in my
judgment, the plans of Mr. Ortiz are very laudable but they have
such a scope that they are impracticable in some respects. It
would be so expensive and hazardous to form new colonies on the
banks of the Arkansas, Negracha [Red Fork], Big Canadian and
Red Rivers, beyond the settled point called Pecan Point that the
Mexican nation would expend its resources with no other prob-
able result than that of discrediting its colonial enterprises. This
would harm her very greatly, because she is forced to avail her-
self of this means of settling quickly certain points of her terri-
tory. All the country said to be drained by these rivers, is un-
-explored except in small part; the course of the Red Fork and the
Big Canadian is known only where they join the Red and the
.Arkansas Rivers before entering the Mississippi to the east, and
the rest is shown on maps made from conflicting reports of travel-
lers. The North Americans, so anxious for the discovery of new
lands in which to establish themselves, hardly know what there
is beyond the recently formed territory of Arkansas because they
dislike the interior and by preference turn to the coast regions.
So far as our Republic is concerned there is no record that any
trip through the western part of Texas has been made except the
expedition that went from Bexar to Santa F6, New Mexico, under
the command of Captain Amangual. Although he did not pene-
trate as far into the interior of the country as that mentioned by
Mr. Ortiz, the journal which that official kept gives the impression
that there is a great area which does not admit of settlement be-
"Legajo 7, expediente 57.
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