The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 86
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
cause of the lack of permanent waters. It follows that the col-
onies planned by Mr. Ortiz to the west upon the Red and Arkansas
Rivers, even presuming that the barbarians would allow them to
exist, would not even have communication with the Mexicans.
Concerning the department of Texas of which I can speak with
more knowledge, its boundaries with New Mexico are not deter-
mined and at the present time are not to be defined because every
day new tribes of Indians are coming across the extended frontier
of the United States of the North and appear along that area.
In my opinion there is a superfluous number of foreign colonists
in the settled portion, and it would not be prudent to increase
their numbers, even from other nations [than the United States].
The difficulties which the law has foreseen with respect to the
North Americans exist in a lesser degree in the case of [other
foreign colonists], for, in the actual state of the civilization of
the common people of Mexico, there is more likelihood that the
interests of the various foreigners will be unified than that they
would join our people. Nevertheless, it would be very advanta-
geous to locate about a hundred Swiss or German families in
Galveston without an empresario and under the immediate super-
vision of the government. There are well-grounded hopes that in
the time that would be spent in bringing them over, an equal or
greater number of Mexican families could be sent out. It seems
to me that Mr. Ortiz might be given the authority to secure the
[Swiss and German families] as well as a larger number that
might wisely be introduced into the town of Taos, New Mexico,
where there is good prospect for successful colonizing. I do not
see any objection to an empresario for this purpose as well as for
the lands around Monterrey, California.
I have the honor of saying this to Your Excellency in answer
to your note, mentioned and I repeat to you the testimonies of my
consideration and respect.9
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