The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 55
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The Parrilla Expedition to the Red River
mission, felt that this attack would only be the forerunner of
others and, in view of this and the Apaches' evident fear, he
realized that the Apaches could never be induced to settle per-
manently at San Sab. He thought that the pretexts of the Apaches
had been exposed: their unwillingness to enter the mission was
due to fear of the Comanches and, in a lesser degree, to the long
winters with ice, snow, and wind.4
After having collected all the necessary documents, Parrilla
prepared his own report. It was in the form of three consultas,
or statements. The first dealt with the circumstances attending
the collection of evidence. In this he set forth the disadvantages
of the location at San Saba, referring to letters of the previous
year in which he had reported conditions. He expatiated at some
length upon the strength of the northern tribes and the difficulty
of obtaining aid in case of attack. With this situation in view
he advised that extensive preparation be made before making a
punitive expedition. He offered to lead the enterprise and asked
for permission to call a junt at San Antonio for the purpose of
a formal consideration of the problems connected with it.5
In the other two communications he discussed the proposition
of moving the settlement. He agreed with Father Molina in
recommending, as a location for the mission, the San Marcos or
the Guadalupe. He strongly advocated placing the presidio at
the prospective mining site of Los Almagres on the Chanas River.
He claimed that enough taxes could be collected from such a
settlement to pay for the post and that with forty additional men
he could also protect the mission on the San Marcos. He expressed
the opinion that the country north of San Antonio should not be
entirely abandoned, as such a policy would make it appear that
they were retreating. His recommendations were buttressed by
statements from the priests and officers at the presidio.6
4Molina, certificaci6n, 160r-162v.
sParrilla to the viceroy, Apr. 8, 1758, pp. 122-123. "These northern
Indians, treacherous in their conduct and arrogant in their preparations,
so magnificent and numerous, are unique among the tribes of the Indies.
. . They are similar to [the Moors] in their manner of attack."
6Parrilla to Viceroy, three consults, Apr. 8, 1758, Asalto, pp. 115-126,
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