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tion. Mexican jealousy. Bustamante's arbitrary and centralized Government. oppression of Texas. Colonel Bradburn's tyranny. resistance of colonists in 1832. Anahuac campaign. Bradburn's defeat. Piedras compromises. Convention of San Felipe. Convention of 1833. Santa Anna. Austin's imprisonment. Santa Anna's Revolution.n and oppression. The first collision between the military forces and the colonists was brought about by the arbitrary acts of Colonel Bradburn, commandant at Anahuac, an American in the service of the Central Government. In 1830 Bradburn undertook to govern the country by military law, arresting citizens, abolishing the munic2 men. The loss attests the valor of both parties. In the mean time, the colonists, 300 strong, intercepted Colonel Piedras, advancing from Nacogdoches to aid Anahuac; and he was glad to compromise, by superseding Bradburn and releasing the prisoners. In order to give legal color to proceedings that might appear revolutionary
it for despotism to ally itself with barbarism, and to seek to depress its intelligent opponents by the aid of an inferior race. That the order to Piedras was obeyed, either technically or substantially, is not probable, as the Indians would not have been satisfied with an allotment of lands in severalty in lieu of the range of country which they hunted over. It served the purpose intended, however; and 50 or 100 Shawnees and Cherokees followed Piedras, the next June, to aid Bradburn, at Anahuac, against Austin's colonists. In the Declaration of Grievances, by the Ayuntamiento of Nacogdoches, the colonists complained that Colonel Piedras had called in and employed Indians, in his meditated warfare on their rights ; and had insulted them by saying that he held Americans and Indians in the same estimation, and as standing on the same footing. Texas Almanac, 1869, p. 39. The Colonization Act of March 24, 1825, admitted Indians as settlers, when any of them, after having first
uainted with the skill and manners of the barbarians, Schoolcraft. the character of the drawing suggests its Algonquin origin. Scandinavians may have reached the shores of Labrador; the soil of the United States has not one vestige of their presence. An ingenious writer on the maritime history of the De Guignes Acad. des Inscrip. t. XXVIII. Chinese, finds traces of their voyages to America in the fifth century, and thus opens an avenue for Asiatic science to pass into the kingdom of Anahuac; but the theory refutes itself. If Chinese traders or emigrants came so recently to America, there would be customs and language to give evidence of it. Nothing is so indelible as speech: sounds that, in ages of unknown antiquity, were spoken among the nations of Hindostan, still live in their significancy in the language which we daily utter. The winged word cleaves its way through time, as well as through space. If Chinese came to civilize, and came so recently, the shreds of Asiatic c