The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 201
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The Taovayas Indians in Frontier Trade and Diplomacy 2ol
ferred its execution until more Spanish troops could be provided.
At the request of the council, De Mezieres was permanently trans-
ferred from Louisiana to Texas to maintain good relations with
the Nations of the North and to try to win the Comanches, a
move which verged upon satisfaction of Ripperdi's old demand
for Texan control of the Nations of the North."'
The Apache campaign was shelved indefinitely in 1779 when
the crown notified Croix that no additional troops could be
allowed him and that Gilvez must remain in Louisiana.58 For
Spain was about to enter the American war, and all her resources
must be concentrated to meet the English on the eastern frontier.59
De Mezieres attempted one more expedition to the Nations of
the North, but a severe injury suffered in a fall from his horse
forced him to turn back. He never entirely recovered, and he died
in November, 1779, before he could assume the governorship of
Texas, to which the grateful Spanish government had appointed
De Mezieres had taught the Spaniards a great deal about their
Indian subjects, but no successor arose to fill his place as an
Indian diplomatist. The extent to which Spain's control of the
border tribes rested upon his personal skill and influence was
strikingly demonstrated within a decade of his death. By that
time the Indian trade system of the northern frontier had broken
down, and the Nations of the North were seething with discontent.
571bid., I, 116-117.
5sCroix to GAlvez, Chihuahua, September lo, 1778, in ibid., II, 218-2eg.
591bid., I, 117.
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