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Zapata, Juan N. Cortinas, Santos Benavides, and many others.
Antonio Canales was on several occasions surveyor-general of the
State of Tamaulipas, and the surveys in and about Corpus Christi
were made by him. A historical study of his surveys would be inter-
What a treasure-trove of history we have in our prescribed
territory! Akin to history, indeed, an integral, basic part, are an-
tiquities, archaeology, anthropology, and ethnology. This source
material remains practically untouched.
Finally, much of the most durable research which challenges
the membership emphasizes the desirability of more familiarity
with the Spanish language and will encourage its study and
mastery. While published histories of Nuevo Santander or
Tamaulipas are few, source material in the Spanish language is
inexhaustible. The most valuable of this material must be selected
and translated into the English. As a beginning, I suggest as one
project the translation of Alejandeu Prieto's Historia de Tamau-
lipas, Gabriel Saldivar's excellent Historia Compendiada de
Tamaulipas; Candelario Reyes' Apuntes para la historia de Tamau-
lipas en las siglos X VI y X VII; and the several excellent Mexican
government publications, Estado general de las fundaciones
hechas, por D. Josd Escanddn en la colonia del Nuevo Santander;
Adherence to any such program as suggested must result, neces-
sarily, in the accumulation of archives and collections of docu-
ments, books, and correspondence in all languages, and in time
such collections and libraries will be invaluable to students the
world over who will be drawn to them as to some Mecca. Provi-
sion should be made from the beginning for the orderly housing
and care of such collections, and, initially, La Retama Public
Library would suggest itself.
Again the Society must have as an immediate objective a
publication, similar to that of the Texas State Historical Associa-
tion. Perhaps, not as pretentious at first, but as sound and scholarly
in choice of materials to be preserved by publication. The editor-
in-chief should be not only a scholar but one of experience as a
publisher. Such a person lives at Brownsville, Texas.
In conclusion, it may be that I have taken you up to a
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