Why Texas Almost Failed As a Spanish Colony
Texas is a thriving city, the live music capital of the world, and and the home of the longhorns, but did you know that Texas almost FAILED? Well, believe it or not, it did. The spanish colony(Tejas) nearly failed as a spanish mission, mainly because of hostile natives, problems with the geography of Texas, and the mission’s problems itself.
First of all, the abundance of harsh natives, primarily Comanche and Apache, were a huge hinderance for the mission. According to the attacks chart, The natives raided missions and killed settlers.
Also, according to the map, there was an abundance of indian territory surrounding the missions made the attacks more abundant. This means that the killings and raids by the nearby tribes kept the missions from developing properly.
Secondly, the location of the missions proved problematic.
Now, you will be asking, what do we mean exactly by problematic locations? Well, according to the map, deserts were everywhere: the missions were in deserts, deserts were between missions, the land was dry, hot, etc. Now, you may be thinking, “Why didn’t they go to the Gulf of Mexico?” Well, the water there was salty. That means that there was no drinking water until they exited the deserts. This means, that the land between missions being hard to travel, provided another hinderance to the development of the Spanish missions.
And now, after we have looked at the natives and then the geography, it’s time to look at the missions themselves. They(of course) were problematic too. According to the population chart, the native population suffered a decrease between the years, and one mission(Nacogdoches) had NO indians to convert to christianity. In the report from Latora, most of the missions had no or few converted indians. This concludes to that the fact that there were barely any natives to be converted prevented the missions from growing.
So, to sum it up, the hostile natives, lack of converted natives, and
the harsh land between missions, prevented the missions from growing properly, even if Texas is a thriving city now.
NOTE: Pictures are a little blurry 😉