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The Córdova-Flores Incident

As soon as you arrive [in Texas], you will invite [the chiefs of the friendly Indians in Texas] to a meeting, and propose to them that they and their friends should take up arms in defence of the integrity of the Mexican territory in Texas. . . . Afterwards, you will invite eight or ten of each of the tribes to smoke the pipe, and in the name of the Supreme Government of Mexico, distribute among them powder, lead, and tobacco, in the usual manner; this being done, you will keep an account of your operations and inform me officially of the same. You will make them understand that as soon as they have agreed to taking up arms, they will be rewarded according to their merits; and that so soon as they have taken possession of the places that I have mentioned to you, you will advise me by extra-ordinary courier, giving me a detailed account of the Mexican force, and of the Indian tribes, with the plan of attack, that I may be enabled to direct the forces that are to leave from this place to the assistance of those who are to operate in that quarter. Make them understand that as soon as the campaign is over, they will be able to proceed to Mexico, to pay their respects to the Supreme Government, who will send a commissioner to give each possession of the land they are entitled to.[19]

What could be more alluring to the Indians than to think that they might come into possession of the fine hunting grounds of the Colorado, Brazos, Trinity and Red rivers.

It is thus from the instructions that he received and a diary which he kept in Spanish that we know that Miracle secretly made his way northward, visiting the Mexicans and Cherokees in the neighborhood of Nacogdoches for the purpose of inciting them to insurrection, and that he met with a degree of success, and was joined by a number of disgruntled individuals from Nacogdoches and its vicinity.[20]  On August 4, 1838, while several Anglo-Texan residents of Nacogdoches,

sess., vol. III, no. 14, pp. 11-12; R. A. Irion to Anson Jones, Department of State, City of Houston, Nov. 28, 1838, Anson Jones to John Forsyth, Texian Legation, City of Washington, Nov. 26, 1838, in Garrison (ed)., Diplomatic Correspondence of Texas, 1907, I, 350-354, 358-360.

19. "Private instructions for the captains of friendly Indians of Texas, by His Excellency the General-in-Chief Vicente Filisola," in "Report of the Secretary of State . . . relative to the Encroachments of the Indians of the United States upon the Territories of Mexico, Washington, Jan. 11, 1853," United States Congress, Senate Executive Documents, 32nd Cong., 2d sess., vol. III, no. 14, pp. 13-14.

20. George Louis Crocket, Two Centuries in East Texas: A History of San Augustine County and Surrounding Territory from 1685 to the Present Time, p. 189; A. K. Christian, "Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XXIV (1920-1921), 47-49.

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AFTER SAN JACINTO: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841
Joseph Milton Nance, 1963