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A decade later, King Charles III sent his inspector general, the Mar-
qu6s de Rubi, on a fact-finding tour of the northern frontier of New
Spain. Rubi was charged with assessing the situation on the frontier
and with formulating policies in light of what he discovered. In 1772,
the king promulgated virtually all of Rubi's suggestions in the "New
Regulation of the Presidios."66 This directive resulted in Spain's reorga-
nization of its northern frontier, which ratified the 1768 abandonment
of the Mission San Sabi and Presidio de San Luis Amarillas. The De-
struction of Mission San Sabd dramatized the event that, more than any
other single incident, crystallized the changes that had been wrought
by the northern tribes' acquisition of French firearms and Spanish
horses over the past half-century.
For Romero de Terreros, the abandonment of the Apache missions
did not end his charitable activities, though he did branch out into
more secular causes, such as donating a battleship in his family's name
to the Spanish navy. One of his last philanthropic acts was to pay for
three thousand cargos of wheat that were sent to supply the army of
Bernardo de Galvez during his 1781 campaign against the British in
West Florida. And, though Terreros only disbursed approximately
one-third of the sum he had pledged to the missions project, he did not
completely forget about giving to religious institutions. Near the end of
his life he sent a number of valuable ecclesiastical furnishings and orna-
ments back to the parish church in Cortegana where he and his cousin
had been baptized, and on whose walls a tablet would be placed two
centuries later bearing the inscription, "'in honor of Father Alonso
Giraldo de Terreros, the martyr of San Sabi.'"7
"the vast strengthening of Spanish power in Northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S.,"
instead of the weakening of this power "The Philanthropic Activities of Pedro Romero de
66See Weddle, The San Sabd Mission, 167-175. An interesting sidelight to the San Sabi trag-
edy is that Father Junipero Serra was appointed to replace Father Terreros m an attempt to
revive the mission. The failure of the Ortiz Parrilla expedition caused Spanish authorities to
abandon this plan. Instead, Father Serra was assigned to California and attained fame as the
father of its mission system. See Bolton, "Defensive Spanish Expansion and the Significance of
the Borderlands," in Bannon (ed ), Bolton and the Spanish Borderlands, 63
67 Quoted in Canterla y Tovar, Veda y Obra, 9. In regard to Terreros's support of the Spanish
military, see pp 68-69, and Couturier, "The Philanthropic Activities of Pedro Romero de Ter-
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