The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 144
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
acteristics are in evidence throughout the books. Among these
are details recounting impressive incidents and the vivid por-
trayal of exciting scenes. For instance, Professor Vigness begins
his volume with Juan Bautista de las Casas and his fellow con-
spirators moving quietly in the early morning to seize the orderly
room and overthrow the Spanish government at San Antonio;
Professor Wallace launches his narrative with a lone horseman
riding along the Comanche war trail toward the Pecos River.
Professor Connor has adopted a somewhat different style, writing
in chronological form, recounting developments year by year.
This helps to make the over-all picture more complete, perhaps.
The anomaly of Odie B. Faulk's title, A Successful Failure,
1519-8z1o, may be explained by his conclusion that, although
Spain did not succeed in peopling Texas except to a limited ex-
tent, it did hold the area for three centuries and left upon it an
Faulk follows the course of Texas history in somewhat conven-
tional fashion, but his liberal use of the Bexar Archives, the rich
repository of Spanish history in the state, has enabled him to
lard his account with much detail. He tells, of the explorers, of
the tragic efforts of La Salle, of missions and church-state rela-
tions, of efforts at expansion during the middle eighteenth cen-
tury, and gives a relatively full account of life during the half
century preceding 181o. In his chapter on "Provincial Economics"
he points out that for a number of years the Spaniards drove
approximately fifteen thousand head of cattle and ten thousand
horses and mules to, Louisiana.
In The Revolutionary Decades, 181o-1836, David M. Vigness
lays down three basic considerations as guidelines: Austin, the
great colonizer, was loyal to Mexico until finally convinced that
open revolt against Santa Anna's tyranny was the only way to
maintain freedom; Texas, a part of Mexico, was only one of the
states revolting against Santa Anna; and, the rank and file of
the colonists took up arms only as a last resort.
Vigness recounts the ending of Spanish power in America; the
adventures of Anglo-American filibusters who coveted the land;
the coming of the Austins and the host that followed them; and
finally discord, revolt, victory, and independence. He does not get
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