University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Juan de Castañeda Report, 1819



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Castañeda, Juan de
Title: Juan de Castañeda Report
Dates: 1819
Abstract: The manuscript report of the reconnaissance mission led by Juan de Castañeda, commandment at Bahía, describing the countryside between the Texas coast and Nacogdoches.
Accession No.: AR 99-223
Extent: 1 volume
Language: Materials are written in Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Castañeda, Juan de -- Archives.
Subjects
New Spain.
Texas--Discovery and exploration--Spanish.
Reconnaissance--Texas.
Natural resources--Texas.
Places
Brazos River (Tex.).
Nacogdoches (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Juan de Castañeda Report, 1819, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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