Westward Extension, 1841-1850

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CHAPTER VII
THE BOUNDARY OF TEXAS (1748-1841)

T HE district first known to the Spaniards as Texas was the country of the Tejas Indians, in which was planted in 1691 the first Spanish mission east of the lower Rio Grande. The site of this mission is between the Neches and the Trinity rivers, southwest of Nacogdoches.1 From the time of its establishment forward, the Tejas region, or Texas, begins to figure, with ever-increasing importance, in the annals of New Spain. The district was abandoned in 1693; but in 1716-1717 it was reoccupied by the foundation of six missions and a presidio in that quarter,2 and a little later the Spaniards established themselves in two other localities west of the Texas district but far east of the Rio Grande. These were Béxar, the modern San Antonio, and La Bahia, or The Bay, the place where La Salle had established his colony of Fort St. Louis on the Gulf coast in 1685.3 The mission and presidio at La

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1
Clark, in Tex. State Hist. Assoc., Quarterly, V., 186.
2
Clark, ibid., VI., 23; Austin, ibid., VIII., 283.
3
Clark, ibid., VI., 25; cf. Thwaites, France in America (Am. Nation, VII.), chap. iv.

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