The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 515
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[Their troubles] are due in part to their proximity to the aforemen-
tioned colony8 and in part to the insurmountable difficulty of having
wide, uninhabited areas and much wasted land ruined by the river,
whose prodigious crescents leave them no means by which these areas
can supply anything to them; because of this the families, if they
are denied help, will be reduced to perishing or changing their
places of residence. The inhabitants are occupied in hunting deer
and buffalo; they raise with great difficulty only those things neces-
sary to keep them alive; also it is true that some capture wild horses
for the particular service of that area (it is there that they have
ranches [for this purpose]).
As a conclusion of this explanation I can state that there live in
this province four thousand souls of all ages and sexes, counting in
this number the three [presidial] companies which actually guard it.
That these terrains are more fertile than all the rest of America; that
there is absolutely no commerce or industry; that the lacking of these
branches along with the very reduced population so dispersed as I
have mentioned, adding the numerous Indians who surround and
occupy the province; all of which are principally and fundamentally
the factors causing the general poverty with which the inhabitants
San Antonio de Bexar, June 2o, 18o3.
[LS] JUAN BAUTISTA DE ELGUZABAL
"The importation of any articles from Louisiana was strictly forbidden by Span-
ish law in 1803 and even earlier. Therefore Nacogdoches, situated far from San
Antonio and a regular supply of goods and forbidden to import what it needed,
suffered from problems of distance and isolation.
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