Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 419 of 432
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and caused the harvest to mellow on the pastures
of the wild horse and the buffalo. Leaving the
consideration of their affairs for the present, I shall
briefly advert to the course of events in Mexico, so
far as they bear upon the subject of this narrative.
In 1822 the United States acknowledged the
independence of Mexico, and in 1825 Congress
passed an act for authorising the survey of a road
fromn St. Louis in Missouri to Santa Fe, and for
treating with the Indian tribes for their consent to
have that road pass through their country. The
road was opened and a trade commenced which
has annually increased, consisting of the exchange
of such manufactured articles of the United
States as are adapted to the comfort and convenience
of the inhabitants of the Eastern Internal
Provinces, for the precious metals and some of the
staple productions of the country. In December,
1826, a Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed
at London, between Plenipotentiaries of Great
Britain and the Mexican Republic. By the 15th
article of this treaty, the Government of Mexico
engaged to co-operate with his Britannic' Majest'y
"for the abolition of the Slave Trade, and to prohibit
all persons inhabiting within the territories of
Mexico, in the most effectual manner, from taking
any share in such trade."* This provision involved
no pecuniary sacrifice on the part of Mexico, which
had no commercial marine, nor mercantile capital,
to benefit by the African slave-trade, and possessed,
* rhis article of the Treaty was considered a valuable concession
to the cause of humanity. A different policy governed the
land at the Treaty of Utrecht, when she rejoiced in acquiring by
force of arms the Asciento, or monopoly of the supply of Negroes
to the Spanish American colonies.
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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/m1/419/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .