The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 55
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdn
was practically exhausted. It is possibly for this reason that
Mier y Teran decided at Villa de Casas, January 13, to go into
Victoria, accompanied only by his secretary, and attempt to
establish order by a mere assertion of his authority as the duly
appointed commander of the eastern states, approved by both
the Guerrero and Bustamante governments.'8 The plan worked,
and on January 14, a committee from the state congress in-
formed the commandant that the state officials accepted without
"any restrictions or exceptions" the Plan of Jalapa and the
Bustamante government.'9 Thus, without any bloodshed, but
at the risk of his life, Mier y Tertn accomplished alone what he
might not have done with a weak, poorly-equipped army.20
With order established in Tamaulipas, Mier y Teran now
turned his attention to Texas. It is necessary to go back for
just a moment. The Spaniards willingly complied with the
terms of their capitulation and relieved the commander in
charge of any anxiety along that line. Hence, he was able to
begin plans for the district now under his command. The states
of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Le6n, and the southern division of Coa-
huila and Texas were organized and needed little attention; it
was the department of Texas that caused him concern. That he
had given much thought to it is shown by a long communication
to the Minister of War and Navy, written November 14, 1829:
In reply to the supreme order of October 28, which
you sent me relative to an expedition to be made into
Texas, I have the honor to inform your Excellency that
this is a matter of serious importance, interest, and at
present, the most costly to the Mexican federation, and
for that reason demands from me a manifestation to
the Supreme Government which I ask your Excellency
to consider very carefully that it may contribute to the
national prosperity, to the conservation of national
territory, to the lustre of the President and to the in-
dividual honor of his ministers.
The department of Texas is contiguous to the most
avid nation in the world. The North Americans have
conquered whatever territory adjoins them. In less
than half a century, they have become masters of ex-
tensive colonies which formerly belonged to Spain and
France, and of even more spacious territories from
lsMier y Teran to Suarez, Villa de Casas, January 13, 1830.
9Juan Guerra and Garza Garcia to Mier y Teran, January 14, 1830.
20For a general account, correct except for dates, see V. Filisola, La
Guerra de Tejas, I, 155-156.
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