The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 142
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portune to me to tell Your Excellency that there is no
means of resistance in Nacogdoches. The garrison,
which has less than two hundred men, is out of sup-
plies, and singularly, also out of munitions, since the
ship which left Vera Cruz with them over a year ago
was wrecked. The cavalry is without horses, and has
a very small number of men. There is not one piece
The rivers, deserts, and forests between this coun-
try and there make access difficult from the Mexican
side. To regain it, once it is lost, would be a very
costly and arduous undertaking; therefore, it is nec-
essary to provide defense, but this cannot be attempted
excepting by immediately sending to Nacogdoches two
thousand men with four light pieces, and particularly,
a supply of money necessary for the construction of
barracks. That presidio is surrounded by thirty well
trained tribes of savages, at peace with us, and they
will even help us in war if adequate defense measures
are taken: if not, they will work against us, just as
will the majority of North Americans. Since the latter
number no less than fifteen hundred families, I believe
it is my duty to inform you of these matters that you
may acquaint the President with them.71
The attempted invasion of Mexico by Spanish troops at
Tampico in the summer of 1829 made it necessary for General
Mier y Teran to go to that place to aid in repelling it. We
shall see, though, that instead of removing him from affairs
in Texas, this was one of a series of events which more closely
established his connections with that department.
71Mier y Ter~n to the Minister of War, Matamoros, July 24, 1829, in
Archivo General de Mexico, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 7, op. mil., 1836. The
University of Texas (Barker) Transcripts.
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