The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971 Page: 164
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
similar incursions into Mexico which might endanger the amicable
relations existing between the two republics."'
The Rio Bravo intrigue had failed and McNelly's raid had not
created the international incident that he had desired. Caution and
prudence in both Mexico City and Washington had frustrated the
scheme of a few strong-willed men bent on forcing a confrontation
between Mexico and the United States. Especially crushed were the
Texans, who still harbored ambitions to extend the Lone Star domain
to the Sierra Madre. Less than two months after McNelly's raid on
Las Cuevas, the Galveston Daily News declared that only a vigorous
campaign by McNelly and 500 men in Mexico or annexation would
solve the frontier problem. "The only hope is McNelly or an exten-
sion of the limits of our country. New Year's day, 1877, may find the
latter alternative an accomplished fact. Quien sabe?""
The Rio Bravo affair was certainly not the last crisis in Mexican-
American relations. The crises during the first years of Porfirio Diaz'
presidency, when General Ord was authorized to follow Mexican
raiders into Mexico under the policy of "hot pursuit," again took
the two nations dangerously near to border warfare. Yet the peaceful
resolution of the 1875 incident marked another milestone in the
gradual evolution of peaceful border relations.
54Mariscal to Fish, December 22, 1875, Department of State, Notes from the Mexican
Legation in the United States to the Department of State, National Archives Microcopy
54, Roll 16.
55Galveston Daily News, January 1, 1876.
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