Image from page 300 of “Personal narrative of explorations and incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua : connected with the United States and Mexican Boundary Commission, during the years 1850, ’51, ’52, and ’53” (1854)
Image by Internet Archive Book Images
Title: Personal narrative of explorations and incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua : connected with the United States and Mexican Boundary Commission, during the years 1850, ’51, ’52, and ’53
Year: 1854 (1850s)
Authors: Bartlett, John Russell, 1805-1886
Subjects: Joint Boundary Commission (United States and Mexico) Indians of North America
Publisher: New York : D. Appleton & Company
Contributing Library: University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book.
Text Appearing Before Image:
water and an abundance ofgrass, and there pitched our tents for the night. May 24:th. At six o clock we were off, keeping inthe valley and following the stream which led aroundthe western extremity of the mountain called Covayan.Our course still continuing south, we struck across anelevation, and entered the valley beyond, here coveredwith large cotton-wood trees. The road now continuedlevel; and after a ride of four hours, we reached Fron-teras. As we approached, men, women, and childrencame out to meet us, ours being the first Americanwagons that had ever been seen in the place. GeneralCarrasco met me as I alighted from my carriage, andtook me to his quarters. Fronteras was formerly a town of considerable im-portance. It was established about eighty years ago ARISPE. 265 as a presidio, or garrison, and at one time containedtwo thousand inhabitants. The view of this town froma distance is pleasing. It stands upon a point of tableland, which juts out into the valley like a promontory
Text Appearing After Image:
Fronteras, Sonora, in the sea. The church forms the prominent object inthe landscape, and its style is quite picturesque ; itseffect also is heightened by its somewhat ruined con-dition. Along the steep sides of the hill, the housesare placed, rising one above another, which makes theplace appear much larger than it really is. Once withinthe town, ones ideas of the picturesque are soon dissi-pated by the sight of its ruined adobe buildings ; thoughhe soon forgets the desolation around him in looking; 266 AGUA PRIETA TO upon the green fertile valley spread at his feet. Fron-teras, like most of the military colonies, fell into decay,chiefly from the neglect of the central government toproperly provide for the soldiery, in consequence ofwhich, the inhabitants were left without protectionfrom the attacks of the savages. To such an extent didthe place suffer from the incursions of the Apaches,who killed off the herdsmen, drove the cultivators fromthe fields, and took captive the women and
Note About Images
Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability – coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.