Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1630-1690

Paperback | February 19, 2008

byJuan Bautista ChapaEditorWilliam C. FosterTranslated byNed F. Brierley

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In the seventeenth century, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico formed El Nuevo Reino de León, a frontier province of New Spain. In 1690, Juan Bautista Chapa penned a richly detailed history of Nuevo León for the years 1630 to 1690. Although his Historia de Nuevo León was not published until 1909, it has since been acclaimed as the key contemporary document for any historical study of Spanish colonial Texas.

This book offers the only accurate and annotated English translation of Chapa's Historia. In addition to the translation, William C. Foster also summarizes the Discourses of Alonso de León (the elder), which cover the years 1580 to 1649. In the appendix, Foster includes a translation of Alonso (the younger) de León's previously unpublished revised diary of the 1690 expedition to East Texas and an alphabetical listing of over 80 Indian tribes identified in this book.

Chapa was also an authority on the local Indians, and his Historia lists the names and locations of over 300 Indian tribes. This information, together with descriptions of the vegetation, wildlife, and climate in seventeenth-century Texas, make this book essential reading for ethnographers, anthropologists, and biogeographers, as well as students and scholars of Spanish borderlands history.

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In the seventeenth century, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico formed El Nuevo Reino de León, a frontier province of New Spain. In 1690, Juan Bautista Chapa penned a richly detailed history of Nuevo León for the years 1630 to 1690. Although his Historia de Nuevo León was not published until 1909, it has since been acclaimed as the key...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:247 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction Historia del Nuevo Reino de León by Juan Bautista Chapa To the Devout Reader 1. The History of Nuevo León from 1650 2. Indians Attack Alonso de León's House 3. Governor Zavala Requests the Establishment of Two Presidios 4. The Events after 1653 5. Punishment of Indians Who Committed the Murders 6. Captain Alonso de León Represents Governor Zavala before the Royal Council 7. Other Military Action in Nuevo Leon 8. Indian Nations of the North 9. The Death of Governor Don Martin de Zavala 10. The Government after Governor Zavala's Death 11. Developments in 1665 12. Other Developments in 166513. Two Other Strange Occurrences 15. Developments in the Province in 166716. The Indians of the North Continue Their Incursions 17. Tetecoara Indian Attack 18. Success in Capturing the Indians 19. The Request from the Municipal Council of Monterrey to the Governor 20. The Opinion of Fray Francisco de Ribera 21. Fray Ribera's Opinion Continues 22. The Governor Submits This Opinion to the City of San Luis Potosí23. Other Skirmishes That Took Place in Nuevo León 24. A Great Uprising in the San Antonio Valley 25. Don Domingo de Pruneda Is Appointed Governor 26. The Administration of Don Domingo de Vidagaray 27. Juan de Echeverría Is Appointed Governor 28. A List of Indian Nations That Were in Nuevo León but Have Vanished 29. Indian Nations Added by the Spaniards 30. The Death of Governor Juan de Echeverría and the Administration of Governor Alonso de León 31. The Beginning of the Marquis of San Miguel de Aguayo's Administration as Governor of Nuevo León 32. The Continuation of Governor Aguayo's Administration 33. Governor Alonso de León Captures a Frenchman Living among the Indians 34. The French Prisoner Explains Why He Lived with the Indians 35. His Excellency Orders an Expedition to Locate the French Settlement 36. Governor Alonso de León Discovers the French Settlement and the Bay of Espíritu Santo 37. The Expedition Continues 38. Arrival at the French Settlement 39. The Discovery and Naming of the San Marcos River 40. Governor Alonso de León Locates the Two Frenchmen 41. Uprisings in Nuevo León in 168942. The Exploration and Settlement of the Rio Blanco 43. The Exploration of the Province of the Tejas Continues 44. TheJourney to the Tejas Continues 45. The Expedition to the Tejas Concludes Appendix A. Governor Alonso de León's Revised1690 Expedition Diary Appendix B. Indian Tribes Reported in Captain Alonso de León's Discourses, Juan Bautista Chapa's Historia, and General Alonso de León's Revised 1690 Expedition Diary Notes Bibliography Index