The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971 Page: 477
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Interpretations and Trends in Study of Spanish Borderlands
At the University of Seville, Francisco Morales Padr6n has touched
on Louisiana in his studies of emigration from the Canary Islands,
while directing the capable studies of such students as Luis Navarro
Garcia, who made monumental contributions to the historiography of
Spanish Louisiana." Roberto Gil Munilla has delved into the Spanish
reaction to the French penetration of Texas during the period from
1685 to 17o7."' Another excellent Spanish contribution was the gen-
eral study of Bernardo de GAlvez by Guillermo Porras Mufioz."
With improvements in reproduction devices, the ancient barrier
between scholars scattered around the world is rapidly disappearing.
This writer fully expects to see an international conference on the
Spanish Borderlands organized by historians and other social scien-
tists. The benefits to be derived from such a meeting do not need
elaboration. As more studies are produced, the great need for syn-
thesis becomes apparent. Considering what has been done, and what
is being done, the future development of studies on the Spanish Bor-
derlands seems inevitable. All that is needed is a continued emphasis
on the field, international exchange of information, availability of
document collections of significance, and a salute to Cliol It is to be
hoped that in the very near future, the gaps in American and Latin
American history will be filled by solid, meaningful, and thoughtful
studies of the Old Southwest-maybe the last "frontier" of the Spanish
Borderlands awaiting exploitation by historians.
"8Morales Padr6n, "Colonos canarios en Indias," Anuario de Estudios Americanos
(Sevilla), VIII (1951), 399-441; Navarro Garda, Intendencias en Indias (Sevilla, 1959) ;
Don Josd de Gdlvez y la comandancia-general de las provincias internas (Sevilla, 1964);
Las provincias internas en el siglo xix (Sevilla, 1965).
89Gil Munilla, "Politica espafiola en el Golfo Mexicano, expediciones motivadas por
la entrada del Caballero LaSalle (1685-1707)," Anuario de Estudios Americanos (Sevilla),
XII (1955), 467-611. See also Charmion Clair Shelby, "International Rivalry in North-
eastern New Spain, 1700o-725" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, Austin, 1935).
"oPorras Mufioz, Bernardo de Gdlvez (Madrid, 1952).
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