The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 218
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"brute" slaves from Africa, and repeatedly remonstrated against
the new land laws. The Spanish forces in West Florida and
Texas caused the Orleans territorial officials as great anxiety
as formerly the American frontiersmen had spread alarm
among the Spaniards of Louisiana for the safety of the Province.
Nowhere in the nation did the purported designs of Burr create
greater ado than in New Orleans, where General Wilkinson
set up a military dictatorship in December, 1806, and main-
tained it until March, 1807. The arrival of thousands of
French refugees from the Spanish West Indies in 1809, the
incorporation of West Florida in 1810, and a dangerous slave
uprising in 1811 were notable historical events in the Territory
of Orleans. Suppression of illicit commerce between the Ter-
ritory and Texas was the continual worry of the commandant
at Natchitoches. The disturbed international situation kept
the American officials uneasy over the safety of the Territory.
Duels were frequent in New Orleans; and the almost annual
epidemics of yellow fever depleted the ranks of recent immi-
grants to the Territory from the States.
The contents of the volume are divided into seven parts, each
part, after the first, comprising the papers relating to a sep-
arate administration of the only Governor of Orleans Territory,
William C. C. Claiborne. The copious footnotes are numbered
in series from one to ninety-nine. These footnotes evince the
prodigious amount of research expended in the compilation of
the volume. They not only refer to unpublished documents and
works that illumine statements in the papers herein published,
but also cite the archives and depositories where all known rel-
evant manuscripts are located. They form a veritable guide for
the student seeking this unpublished material of the Territory
of Orleans. A detailed index of sixty-seven pages, which gives
the variant spellings of the unusual place and personal names
appearing in the text, is especially helpful.
This reviewer has detected some thirty-four errors in the
sequence of footnote numerals: for example, number 51 on page
42 is followed by 53 on page 43; and number 2, page 86, is
followed by 4 on the next page. Number 69 at the bottom of
page 790 should be 62, while 62, the last number on page 795,
should be 69. The contents of Governor Claiborne's letter to
Secretary Monroe on page 961 show that its date should be
November and not December 19, 1811. These errata, however,
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