The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 250
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
day of November, 1827. We followed the road to Queretaro. It
seems needless to give an account of the towns and cities through
which we passed, as they are all well known, both as to their
geographic location and as to the habits and customs of their
inhabitants. I shall begin the diary of our trip from the places
which are not so well known, and I beg of those who may have
the patience to read my account to excuse the errors into which
I may fall due to my humble knowledge, heeding only the interest
which these memoirs cannot fail to arouse, and which I hope
will be published some day by a more able hand than mine.
Laredo, February 2.-At two o'clock we continued our way
through a country which was as arid as during the previous days.
At daybreak we saw various herds of deer and a great number of
wild horses and mares, mesterias [mustangs], that live in these
deserted regions and pasture peacefully on the immense plains.
In spite of our care the water gave out because of the excessive
heat and we suffered considerably from thirst. This became un-
bearable by twelve o'clock, and we were unable to rest as there
was not a single tree under which we might stop. A plain that
seemed to be on fire stretched before our eyes and our despair
increased, until, at about one o'clock, we discerned in the distance
the peaceful waters of the Rio Bravo del Norte [Rio Grande],
whose treeless banks displayed the water lying like a silver thread
upon the immense plain. The desire to reach the water made our
last lap all the more arduous, and when at last the beasts, fatigued
by their thirst, were scarcely able to take another step, we arrived
at the coveted stream. On the banks of the river we met General
Bustamante, who, with his officers, had come out to meet us. He
offered me a drink of aguardiente [firewater], which I took with
plenty of water, and I recovered my failing strength. It was
decided to cross the river. This was accomplished with little
difficulty, and at last we entered the Presidio de Laredo, situated
on the opposite bank.
This village, which is one of the oldest upon the banks of the
Rio Bravo, has suffered a great deal from attacks of wild Indians,
principally the Lipanes, who used to lay siege to it in time of war,
but now frequent it peacefully. Its population numbers about
2000 persons, all care-free people who are fond of dancing, and
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