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    [Mariano Arista] Manuscript Copy of a Proclamation to the Indians, in Spanish, one and one-quarter page, folio (8.5" x 12.5"), Matamoros, August 6, 1840. Proclamation to the Indians of Texas, naming each tribe, "Cherokees, Shawnees, Wakoes, Kickapoos Conchates, and other Tribes" seeking their alliance against Texas. In part: "I have received with much pleasure the news that you have gathered on the high side of the Rio Brazos with the purpose of making war on the Texans, your unjust enemies. These thieves have taken the lands that Mexico had given you; and it is these same lands that Mexico offers to give to you again, it is necessary that you find common cause with Mexicans to take away these lands. Be confident that the Texans will not be able to resist your attack, much less the attack of the troops under my command that in a short time will march against Texas. Immediately upon receiving my letter, start the war, calling Texans' attention toward the north; knowing that whenever you need my arms, powder, bullets and other assistance you can concur with me... Assemble your warriors, name a Chief who can take command and march to the battle in which you can be sure of being victorious... Advise me of your operations so that I can assist in reclaiming your lands which form part of the Mexican Nation, which is your mother and best friend... Circulate this paper among the tribes who have lost lands because of the Texans, calling them to take up arms..." We offer here, a copy of the proclamation that was likely taken to the tribes and passed amongst them.

    The northern part of Mexico was prone to attack by roving tribes of Indians. Many tribes had taken refuge in Texas after suffering displacement from their ancestral homes in the United States. Mexican officials openly sought these bands as allies in hopes of counterbalancing the struggle for power with the Texans for control of the borderlands as well as against the unfriendly Indian populations of the region. Arista's tactics are not unlike the measures taken by Samuel Houston who actively sought treaties with the various tribes and allocated resources to supplying them with goods to make them allies, or at least maintain neutrality. Fair condition, with dampstaining, rough edges affecting a few letters, and a small hole at folds in center. Writing remains legible, and overall condition does not detract from this historically significant manuscript. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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