The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 14
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14 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Aury attempted to communicate with the Mexican Congress. 6
The failure of successive attempts must have been discouraging
to everyone at Galveston, especially to Mina. One of his com-
panions, Mariano Montilla, arrived at New Orleans about January
1, 1817, accompanied by Juan G. Roscio, formerly secretary to
the Caracas junta. Morphy, the Spanish consul in New Orleans,
had reason to believe that Montilla would be joined by three
hundred recruits from the interior.65 The consul had still more
cause for worry when Mina came from Galveston for a conference
with the New Orleans associates.
MINA AND THE PLOT AGAINST PENSACOLA
The Floridas constituted a great temptation both to public
officials and private citizens of the United States. A portion of
West Florida, the Baton Rouge area, became a part of the ex-
panding republic by means of a dubious transaction in which a
group of adventurers expelled the Spanish officials and then "sur-
rendered" to American troops.66 This affair was ever in the minds
of Spanish officials when they contemplated the probable results
of filibustering expeditions into Spanish provinces. Any move-
ment of troops toward the southern boundary, any rumor of an
expedition forming in New Orleans, Baltimore, Savannah, or
elsewhere, with Florida as a possible goal, induced a serious
epidemic of nervous apprehension among Spanish agents. They
were fully justified in their fears.
Rumors of an attack against Apalachicola and Pensacola were
current in New Orleans in 1816. Gutierrez was said to have
agreed with insurgent leaders and Americans to make the inva-
sion in the name of the Mexican Republic and then allow the
Americans to take possession.67 It would be a repetition of the
Baton Rouge incident. From five to six hundred men were to
go by land against either Pensacola or Apalachicola, and the
64Aury to the Honorable Assembly of representatives, Fernandina, De-
cember 12, 1817, New-York Advertiser, January 20, 1818.
6sMorphy to the Captain-General, New Orleans, January 7, 1817, AGI
PC, leg. 1900.
66Isaac Joslin Cox, The West Florida Controversy, 1798-1813 (Baltimore,
1918), pp. 358-436, 487-505; Dunbar Rowland, History of Mississippi
(Chicago and Jackson, 1925), I, 448 ff.
67Morphy to Apodaca, New Orleans, June 26, 1816, AGI PC, leg. 1900.
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