by Andrea Elizabeth

But what about the Spanish, you say? Spain and newly independent Mexico were the intermediate powers between the Indians and then the Scottish, German, and Tennessee pioneers. Their explorers where the first Europeans to map out the area and name a bunch of things, but their claim didn’t last. The Indians were still in control, which is why the pioneers needed the canon that the Mexican government wanted to take back in Gonzales, and why the settlers went to war. The Mexicans hadn’t really nationalized the area. Why the Spanish didn’t really settle the northern regions is a mystery to me.