A Guide to the Juan de Castañeda Report, 1819
In 1818, the viceroy of New Spain assigned Juan de Castañeda, commandant at Bahía, to lead 250 men to defend and explore the Texas frontier in the plain of the Brazos River. The regiment had orders to destroy hostile gangs, report on the physical conditions of the terrain, and gather information on missions and towns in the region.
The manuscript report of the reconnaissance mission led by Juan de Casteñeda to defend and explore the Texas frontier documents the march and describes the countryside between the Texas coast and Nacogdoches. Throughout the text, Casteñeda offered evaluations of natural resources for potential settlement.
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Juan de Castañeda Report, 1819, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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