The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 271
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Texan Military Operations Against Mexico, 1843
involving of Texas in a controversy with the United States con-
cerning the location of the boundary; but no definite settlement
was made, although Cooke was court-martialed and exonerated.
The United States agreed, however, to pay the Texans for the
firearms which had been confiscated, and with this the subject
was dropped." The interesting feature of this event lies in the
fact that the trap which caught Snively was set by the authori-
ties of the United States for the purpose of catching the War-
Conclusion.-This brought to an end all effort on the part
of Texas to either occupy or control the New Mexico territory
under the government of the republic, and so far the only tangible
results seemed adverse to the Texan interests. Not only had all
her attempts at occupation proved futile, but each effort had
turned a new group of the New Mexican population from an
attitude of indifference to one of hostility, and had added ma-
terially to the probability of a continued failure.
These campaigns also mark the final steps in the aggressive
policy of the Texan republic from a military point of view. The
commission to Snively was the last to be issued by the govern-
ment for the purpose of carrying the war into Mexican territory,
and with the exception of the work done by Colonel Hayes in
the southern district in 1844 in preparation for a rumored Mex-
ican invasion, which did not materialize, it constitutes the last
stage of the military operations against Mexico. The reason is
not difficult to find. In the first place, the republic was exhausted
financially; but of greater importance is the fact that at about
the same time that these operations were being brought to a dis-
appointing end, political events in the United States were shaping
themselves favorably toward annexation. This at once became
the interest-absorbing question for the Texans, and aggression
was forced to the background.
4"For the correspondence on the subject, see Sern. Doc. 1, 28th Cong.,
2nd Secs., 96-112. Ser. No. 449.
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