The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 546
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546 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
than that, because the clearing included much that was not a
part of the original landscape. The history of Coahuila has been
touched upon from time to time by various writers who had
neither the time nor inclination to check their sources, and the
result was a considerable number of inaccuracies. Robles set
himself to correcting these, thus adding to the interest and value
of his book. On the other hand there are abundant and excellent
monographs on the history of Texas. The author skillfully weaves
these and his investigations concerning Coahuila into a single
fabric, beautiful and complete. The two states were for centuries
connected politically and for ages physically. These natural con-
nections demand just the kind of study as the one under review
in order that the reader may obtain a better perspective of the
whole. Such virgin historical terrain could not but enrich the
already well-cultivated fields of Texas history.
Not many regions of similar size have undergone the changes,
suffered so much from indifference, or experienced the political
upheavals that Coahuila and Texas have. Robles describes these
modifications in his opening chapter and presents excellent maps
illustrating the changes in boundaries. Another chapter is devoted
to geography and geology in which he shows that Coahuila and
Texas were old, geologically speaking, when the rest of Mexico
was still buried beneath the waters of the Sea of Tethys. This
chapter is based upon the latest investigations of several com-
petent North American geologists. In Chapter II the author takes
advantage of recent ethnological studies, supplemented by an
ethnological map of Coahuila and Texas, to tell his story of
native tribes. The running story begins with Chapter IV and
continues through forty-one chapters of interesting, well-docu-
mented incidents from the first Spanish explorations in 1522 to
the consummation of independence in 1821. Having already writ-
ten "Francisco de Urdiosla y el Norte de la Nueva Espaa,"
Robles was well fitted for the undertaking. His account is not
limited to political and military happenings, but takes into con-
sideration economic and social conditions confronting the Spanish
intruders. Intruders they were, for Robles shows that they were
not conquerors. The aborigines of northern Mexico put up a long
and systematic fight. They continued in a primitive state of
existence long after the colonial period had ended.
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