The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 407
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Regulations, and facsimiles of documents representative of those
used by the authors.
It is good simply to have the reprint of the Regulations in the
original with an English translation conveniently juxtaposed. It
is great to have it so beautifully done. The Spanish text, in the
readily legible typography of the 1834 edition, has an ornate bor-
der of eighteenth-century style. The translation is smooth and
clear; it captures in idomatic modern English the meaning of the
original. Explanations of many points in the Regulations are
provided in decorative notes on the margin of the English text.
Upon reading the Regulations, one realizes again, or for the
first time, how basic they are to an understanding of the Spanish
situation on the frontier during the closing half century of em-
pire. Of special interest is Title Twelve describing the duties of
the commandant-inspector who was to have overall supervision,
under the viceroy of New Spain, of the new district of the Interior
Provinces. The cordon of presidios from the Gulf of California
to the Texas Coast is the subject of a lengthy instruction which
deals with each of the presidios concerned. Impressively high
ideals are reflected in Regulations on such points as the standards
for officers and soldiers, and the treatment of captured Indians.
Many readers may find the illustrated section on weapons and
equipment the most instructive part of the book. Others, includ-
ing some of the professionals, may be more interested in the
appraisal which the authors offer of the military system. Referring
to the familiar troika of mission, settlement, and presidio, Brinck-
erhoff, and Faulk make the inevitable acknowledgment that none
of these institutions was generally successful. By 1772, the year the
Regulations were issued, the government had decided that a
military solution was the only possible one. Spain failed to achieve
this solution. Not, however, the authors declare, because of di-
luted blood in the veins of the presidial soldier. This hardy and
underrated actor in the frontier drama possessed a potential which
was never developed. Spain, distracted by other concerns, was not
able to see that he was adequately trained, equipped, and sup-
plied. Another factor in the deterioration of the Spanish position
on the frontier, Brinckerhoff and Faulk state, was the failure of
leadership to innovate as changing conditions demanded.
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