The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 51
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through its channel, to warships.23 Since there is no one in
the Province who can, because of his own knowledge, speak
with authority on this matter, however, one is not able to
state or even correctly estimate their number, depth, or
Sea ports:24 Although it may be presumed that there are some,
and various old settlers list those of Matagorda, El Bergan-
ten,25 and others, the lack of a competent person, a pilot or
mariner, has made it impossible to assure ourselves of their
existence, much less to take soundings or to reconnoitre
their bars. Nothing of this sort could be discovered except by
sending a costly expedition.
Iron mines: 26 There are many seams up toward the Indian fron-
tier, but they are not worked because of a lack of skilled men
Lead mines: The above statements also apply to lead.
Copper mines: What is true of iron and lead is also true of copper.
Tin mines: It is not known whether there are any or not.
Silver mines: It is said that there are some, but that they are not
Gold mines: The above is true also for gold.
Quicksilver mines: The same applies to sources of quicksilver.
Marble quarries:27 The inhabitants do not know of any.
Gypsum pits:2s It is said that there are some, but that they are
23Apparently the present Sabine Lake. Very little has been found, by the present
editor, upon Santiago Eliot and his reported survey. The Nacogdoches census
returns for 18ox, however, list a Santiago Eliot and describe him as "American,
native of Pennsylvania, bachelor, twenty-three years of age, residence of four years,
agriculturist." Mattie Austin Hatcher, "The Opening of Texas to Foreign Settle-
ment, 1801-1821," University of Texas Bulletin, No. 2714, April 8, 1927 (Austin,
1927), Appendix II, 298.
24To Bonavi the Consulado added "indicate if there are bars, and, if so, at what
depth." "Relaciones," 92.
25Presumably Matagorda and St. Charles Bays.
28Concerning these, Bonavi was directed to "list the ones in existence, their
annual productions and expenditures, and the number of persons employed.'
z7The additional directions of Bonavi were "to characterize them by colors and
by quality, and to state whether or not the quarries were worked." Ibid., 93.
28"And other such [mines] which may be present," according to Bonavi.
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