The Beginnings of Texas, 1684-1718, Edició 6

University of Texas, 1907 - 94 pàgines

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Pàgina 1 - The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government. Sam Houston Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy. ... It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge and the only security that freemen desire.
Pàgina 18 - ... torn and scattered, but bearing still the evidences of costly bindings; and broken cutlasses, and the stocks of many arquebuses with locks and barrels gone. On the prairie near by lay three dead bodies, one of which, from the fragment of a dress that still clung to it, appeared to be that of a woman.' The village consisted of five or six small houses of palisades, plastered over with mud, and covered with the skins of buffaloes; a larger house where apparently animals were kept; and a wooden...
Pàgina 43 - ... in the dates of the official documents relating to Texas is significant, as showing how little during that time (1693-1714) these northern lands were in the thoughts and plans of the governors of Mexico. The fear of a French intrusion into Spanish territory, which in the years 1689, 1690, and 1691 had been strong enough to induce the viceroy to send a company of priests and soldiers exploring far into the interior of Texas, grew less and less as the years passed, and no further attempt was made...
Pàgina 40 - Terán's company. A small guard was left to protect the friars, but it was altogether inadequate; and what little assistance the few soldiers might have rendered in preserving the missions from injury was precluded by their lack of discipline and self-restraint. So great, Indeed, were the difficulties and discouragements that six of the friars who had come out with Terán's expedition refused to remain, and others, it seems, remained unwillingly.
Pàgina 25 - June 1 was consecrated with all solemnity. The mission of San Francisco de los Tejas was situated four or five leagues from the Neches river. It stood in the heart of a savage wilderness, four hundred miles from the nearest settlement. Near it flowed a small stream and around it was a pleasant forest. The three friars, Miguel Fontecuberta, Francisco de Jesus Maria, and Antonio Bordoy, with Fontecuberta as president, were left to carry on the missionary work.
Pàgina 13 - ... called Bay St. Louis; the loss by criminal carelessness of the storeship Aimable with the provisions, arms, and supplies that were on her; the departure of Beaujeu with those of the expedition who had become discouraged or dissatisfied; the settlement of the colony a few miles inland on the...
Pàgina 42 - Montaiia, and Texas was left for twenty years to the undisturbed possession of the Indian tribes, to wait until another and more serious menace to their authority in the lands east of the Rio Grande should stimulate the rulers of New Spain to a saner and more determined effort to make good their title to that vast region by the fact of actual occupation. The question may well be raised here, by way of conclusion, whether these several unsuccessful efforts to establish missions among the Tejas and...
Pàgina 42 - The little log church of San Francisco and its companion mission by the Neches, although ephemeral and productive of no immediate good, in the larger outlook were eminently worthwhile ; for they served as an admonition and a warning when, twenty years later, the friars came again to stretch their line of larger and more substantial churches from the Rio Grande to the Sabine.
Pàgina 25 - Fontecuberta as president, were left to carry on the missionary work. They set themselves at once to learn the language of the Indians, making a list of their words and phrases and using the young Frenchmen as interpreters.1 Only three soldiers were left to protect the mission, it being the opinion of Father Massanet that more would not be...

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