The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 33
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Tadeo Ortiz and Texas
brigantine Spark for New Orleans, to continue then to New York to
carry out his commission."o
The letter was his last. On October 18, after six days at sea, Tadeo
Ortiz died, a victim of the disease from which earlier he said he was
It is difficult to resist the temptation to speculate about what would
have happened in Texas had Ortiz lived to carry out his assigned task.
Basically, the introduction of several hundred European immigrants
would have done little to diminish the increasing gravitational pull of
Texas toward the United States, and Mexico was unable to provide
the necessary political and financial stability to underwrite a program
of countercolonization of sufficient scope to save Texas. Ortiz' death,
therefore, may have relieved him of what might have been his greatest
disappointment, for it was characteristic of the man to exaggerate the
advantages of an undertaking and to minimize the obstacles. Stephen
F. Austin appraised the matter realistically when he wrote: "Tadeo
Ortiz has been sent to the United States by his government on some
mysterious mission, but what it is I cannot tell. Some say it is to take
Poles or Germans or somebody else to Texas to dam out the North
Americans. But this would be just like trying to stop the Mississippi
with a dam of straw.""
"OOrtiz to Carlos Garcia, September 19, 1833, ibid. (AGNM transcript 317), 192-193;
Ortiz to Garcia, October 12, 1833, ibid., 213.
"'Manuel Pisarro Martinez to the Secretary of Relations, November 2, 1833, ibid., 214.
42Austin to Williams, August 28, 1833.
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