The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 234
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Y [our] E [xcellency] may give now, since, as I have stated
above, it refers to different territory. This [report] deals with
territory adjoining ours; the other [dealt] with [more] dis-
tant [territory], as Y[our]] E [xcellency] may see from the
more detailed map accompanying this report, which I have pre-
pared so that Y [our] E [xcellency] may be more easily ap-
prised of everything. I judge that, for the present, six forti-
fications are necessary: one in the [territory of the] Texas
[Indians] for the protection of the soldiers and the mission
located there; another on the San Antonio River, which Y[our]
E [xcellency] designated for a presidio; another on the Cau-
dachez River; another on the Bravo del Norte [River] at the
Bay of Espiritu Santo; and another on the Mississippi. These
five [fortifications] include a garrison, a mission, and a settle-
ment of Spaniards and Indians in the manner set forth below.
Inasmuch as we already have a mission and a garrison in the
[territory] of the Texas [Indians], and since the Texas Indians
are our faithful allies, I think the same colony settled in other
[fortifications] need not be placed there, unless Y [our] E [xcel-
lency] deems it suitable to do so.
At the six royal sub-treasuries listed in the enclosed memo-
randum, 300,000 pesos are paid out annually to officers and
men of the presidios of Galicia, Vizcaya, and Le6n at the rate
of 450 p [eso]s each soldier, except in the presidio of Tepe-
guanes where its nine soldiers are paid at [the rate of] 337
p [eso]s 4 r [eale]s each. Subtracting one-third from the sal-
aries of these presidios-which would amount to 150 pesos-,
each soldier will have left annually 300 p[eso]s, which is a
sufficient amount for them to support themselves. In the total
of 300,000 p [eso] s there are included 27,000 p [eso] s (paid in the
same [provinces] to missionaries of San Francisco. One-third
of this amount is more than 100,000 p [eso]s, which Y [our]
E [xcellency] may apply to the aforesaid six fortifications, mis-
sions, garrisons and colonies for their annual maintenance. To
insure their success [supplies] can be furnished them through
a merchant or a trading house; to this end a warehouse should
be built in each fortification.
I think one is needed in San Francisco, which is the capital
of the Texas [Indians], and is [located] about twenty leagues
from the Trinity River. Y [our] E [xcellency] should order it
constructed with quarters, where the soldiers may lodge, a
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