Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century: Studies in Spanish Colonial History and Administration

Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century: Studies in Spanish Colonial History and Administration

Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century: Studies in Spanish Colonial History and Administration

Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century: Studies in Spanish Colonial History and Administration

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In the middle eighteenth century Texas occupied an important position on the northeastern frontier of New Spain. Down to 1762 it was the buffer province between France and Spain in their contest for empire on this continent. After that date it reflected in a most interesting way the fundamental changes effected by the Louisiana cessation. The keynote to the period following the transfer was reorganization.

In spite of its importance, the history of Texas after 1731 has been little known, and has been regarded as more or less barren. As a matter of fact, the province in that period experienced much activity, and its history offers many and varied interests. The interval between 1731 and 1745 was one of testing the original establishments rather than of founding new ones. The period from 1745 to 1762 was one of numerous expansion projects looking to the occupation of new frontiers and to the provision of new elements of defence. The next quarter century was characterized by an interesting series of readjustments occasioned by Spain's acquisition of Louisiana.

The present volume is not a history; it is, rather, a collection of special studies, closely related in time and subject-matter, and designed to throw light upon a neglected period in the history of one of the most important of Spain's northern provinces. The raison d'être of the volume is to be sought especially in Parts II-V. Since these studies are detached, however, it has seemed necessary to preface them by a general sketch of the history of Texas during the half-century within which they fall. Such a procedure has seemed the more appropriate because there is available no satisfactory general account of the period. This . . .

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