Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 405 of 432
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The tendency of all, when removed from white
settlements, was gradually to relinquish habits
of wholesome restraint and to relapse into barbarism.*
whole Indian population of Texas, when
Austin's colony was planted, may be estimated at
30,000 souls, of which, however, but a small proportion
ranged in the immediate neighbourhooct of
the settlement, or resided within the bounds of
Texas Proper. In the destruction of the Missions,
the Comanches were the principal agents. Encouraged
by the passive submission of the Mexicans of
mixed blood, they carried their insolence so far as
to ride into Bexar, and alight in the public square,
leaving their horses to be caught and pastured by
the obsequious soldiers of the garrison, on pain of
chastisement. To raise a contribution, they would
enter the town with a drove of Mexican horses,
stolen by themselves, and, under pretence of having
rescued the Caballada from hostile Indians, would
exact a reward for their honesty. They openly
carried off herds of cattle and horses from the setsugar
and cotton fields of the planter; and the Indian slaveholders
are quite satisfied if they are enabled to live without
$ " The North American Indian is a warrior, and wild to the
last degree. You may kill him, or put him to the torture, but
make him work, or draw a cry from him-never. Those even
among them who are half-civilised, and cultivate the ground, do
it, not by their own hands, but by those of their Negroes. This
hatred of labour is observable even in the mongrel issue of the
Indian and the white."-Sketches of the United States, by Achille
Murat, ci-devant Prince Royal of the Two Sicilies, and American
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/405/?rotate=270: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .