Athanase de Mézières and the Louisiana-Texas Frontier, 1768-1780: Documents Pub. for the First Time, from the Original Spanish and French Manuscripts, Chiefly in the Archives of Mexico and Spain; Tr. Into English, Volume 1

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Arthur H. Clark Company, 1914 - Indians of North America
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Page 131 - Gayarre, op. cit., passim.] command of this province in the name of his Catholic Majesty on the eighteenth of last month. In consequence he orders the commander of Natchitoches and his troops to evacuate the post, of which the captain of militia will take charge for his Catholic Majesty, and I am sending you the order which I addressed to him. I know that you are better able than any one else to give me correct information regarding everything relating to your district; therefore you must come to...
Page 235 - I, 1864. • 1 have the honor to transmit to your lordship further papers relative to the affair of the Chesapeake. The first of them is a letter from Mr. Seward, stating the impression produced by the papers which (as I had the honor to report to your lordship in my despatch of the 18th ultimo) I placed in his hands on the 16th instant. Your lordship will observe that Mr. Seward, while acknowledging that the proceedings of Major General Doyle, the administrator of the government of Nova Scotia,...
Page 219 - They are a people so numerous and so haughty that when asked their number, they make no difficulty of comparing it to that of the stars. They are so skillful in horsemanship that they have no equal; so daring that they never ask for or grant truces...
Page 160 - They then returned at once to their haunts, because the groom, who was of gigantic frame and extraordinary strength, had made himself a petty king over those vagabonds and highwaymen, who, with contempt for law and subordination, with equal insult to Christians, and to the shame of the very heathen, up to now have maintained themselves on that river.
Page 166 - They live so forgetful of the laws that it is easy to find persons who have not returned to Christian lands for ten, twenty, or thirty years, and who pass their scandalous lives in public concubinage with the captive Indian women whom for this purpose they purchase among the heathen, loaning those of whom they tire to others of less power, that they may labor in their service, giving them no other wage than the promise of quieting their lascivious passions ; in short they have no other rule than...
Page 218 - The Comanche are scattered from the great Missuris River to the neighborhood of the frontier presidios of New Spain. They are a people so numerous and so haughty that when asked their number, they make no difficulty of comparing it to that of the stars.
Page 40 - Altamira closely. tary force, failed almost completely to convert the Indians of eastern Texas, and they rightfully regarded this failure as due in no small degree to the baneful influence of the neighboring French. The men of the latter nation were skillful Indian traders, and readily affiliated with the savages. On the other hand, the narrow commercial policy of Spain permitted trade with the Indians only under the strictest regulations, and entirely prohibited supplying them with firearms. As...
Page 29 - The principal weapon used by the French was the Indian trader and agent, by the Spaniards, the Franciscan missionary, each being backed by a small display of military force.
Page 160 - Brindamur, to whom we alluded briefly before, "whose sole employment was to roam the forests and entertain himself in hunting — an occupation very conducive to laziness and to all...

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