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46 REPUBLICANS ON GALVESTON ISLAND. [1817.
Perry, who so narrowly escaped death in the battle of the
Medina.* For a time all went well; many rich prizes
were captured; Spanish commerce on the Gulf was de-
stroyed and the little republic had money in abundance.
Herrera was compelled for business reasons to return to
New Orleans, and when he left trouble began to come
upon the Galveston colony. Mvany of Aury's soldiers
had been freebooters, and still cared more for money
than for honor; these did not confine their attacks to
Spanish vessels, but seized ships belonging to the Uni-
ted States and other nations. Some of the men and offi-
cers engaged in the slave trade, smuggling the negroes
into the United States, though this was.positively against
the law; all engaged in this privateering were declared
by our government to be pirates subject to the penalties
of this high crime. Worse even than this was the fact
that the leaders disagreed among themselves. Aury
wished to confine their operations to Texas, but Mina
longed for the wider field of work that the liberation of
Mexico offered. Perry sided with Mina. Finally a truce
having been made to all quarrels, and the buildings on
Galveston Island having been burned, the entire force
sailed away (March, 1817) to Sota la Marina (a town on
the Santander River, some 60 miles from its mouth),
* In 1815, Perry published in New Orleans papers the statement that a force
was preparing to invade Texas, that already a thousand Americans had promised
at the word of cormmand to march to the assistance of the Mexican patriots, that
History would inscribe the names of all such men on the roll of heroes.' President
Madison forbade the expedition, saying the United States, as .a neutral power, had
no right to interfere with Mexican affairs, but in spite of the President's command
Perry with a few men crossed the Sabine into Texas.
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/60/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .