The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 17
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The Origin of General Mina's Invasion of Mexico
be any basis for this statement, since all of Toledo's actions in
and around Philadelphia in the fall of 1816 indicate nothing
but hostility toward Mina.
FINAL ARRANGEMENTS AT GALVESTON
Mina had reason to believe that harmony would reign at Gal-
veston during his absence. He left with the assurance that Aury's
supplies would be available for the comfort of his men, and that
there would probably be nothing more exciting than the operation
of his printing press.80 Aury's dissatisfaction with Galveston's
harbor finally led to his determination to move to Matagorda,81 a
decision that threatened to cause a miniature civil war on Snake
Island. Henry Perry, who had previously joined Aury with a
few men, refused to countenance the removal unless Mina's forces
were included, and Aury prepared to fight on the issue. He
mounted a cannon in front of his tent, drew up his sailors and
Savary's colored troops, and then wisely changed his mind. Perry
was too much of an expert at the game of bluff to be frightened
by such maneuvers. He rallied the Americans to his side, and
then called on Colonel Montilla, who commanded Mina's men, for
aid.82 Montilla marched his division between the hostile parties
and warned Aury not to begin a conflict which could result only
in his defeat. A conference was then held at which Mina was
recognized as the military chief and Aury as the naval commander.
With peace restored, preparations went forward for moving to
Matagorda, but Mina arrived on the Cleopatra on March 16 and
put a stop to the movement.83 Aury made one last effort to regain
control of the situation when he saw Mina's vessel approaching.
One of his privateers was outside the harbor with passengers from
soThe printing was under the direction of Dr. Joaquin Infante and was
done by Samuel Bangs, a young Bostonian (Douglas C. McMurtrie, "Pio-
neer Printing in Texas," in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XXXV,
173-93; Lota M. Spell, "Samuel Bangs, the First Printer in Texas," His-
panic American Historical Review, XI, 248-58.
81Mier's Declaration, October 9, 1817, in Hernandez, Documentos, VI,
82Deposition of Juan Domingo Losano, New Orleans, May 9, 1817, encl.
in Fatio to the Captain-General, New Orleans, May 14, 1817, AGI PC,
83Fatio to the Captain-General, New Orleans, May 14, 1817, AGI PC,
leg. 1900; Mier's Declaration, October 9, 1817, in Hernandez, Documentos,
VI, 808; Robinson, Memoirs, I, 133.
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