The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 7
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A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo
ready to set out from Saltillo. He reached Laredo by the 12th and
rested there four days, waiting for all the troops to assemble.
8. The Maturing of Plans for the Invasion and for the Punish-
ment of Texas
While waiting at Laredo, Santa Anna matured the policy to be
pursued in Texas when he had conquered it. His plans were de-
veloped under ten heads: (1) all leaders and principal promoters
of the revolution should be executed; (2) all expense of putting
down the insurrection, and all losses incurred, including past due
custom duties, not collected, should be paid by confiscation of the
property of the Texans; (3) all who had taken part in the insur-
rection should be driven from the province; (4) all foreigners who
had not participated in the war, living on the sea coast or on the
borders of the United States, should be removed far into the
interior; (5) all foreigners who had come since 1828 as part of an
armed force should be regarded as pirates and punished as such;
(6) all grants and sales of land to non-residents should be vacated,
and the best of the land should be divided among the Mexican
soldiers if they would occupy them; but no Anglo-American was
to be permitted to settle in Texas; otherwise the vacant lands
should be sold at one dollar per acre, allowing to the French and
English each 5,000,000 acres, to the Germans somewhat more, and
to the Spanish without limit; (7) all negroes should be liberated
and declared free.23
Now, it must be remembered that General Cos and his army
were under parole, the specific terms of the parole being that they
should not again take up arms against Texas; yet under Santa
Anna's order, he was recruiting and equipping that same army
to invade Texas.24 Urrea, late governor of Durango, was also
whipping troops into marching shape. He was ordered to go with a
"Vicente Filisola, Guerra de Tejas, II, 370-376; see, also, Santa Anna
to Minister of War and Marine, February 16, 1836, University of Texas
Transcripts, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 3, Op. Mil. 1836, Texas, Exp. de
"Arie Claiborne, The Story of the Alamo, 10-12, gives a very dramatic
account, probably apocryphal, of the meeting between Santa Anna and
Cos, and of the latter's determination to keep his word of honor and to
carry out the terms of his capitulation at Bexar. But in the end of
the stormy scene, Cos yielded to the stronger will of Santa Anna and
prepared to return to Texas.
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