Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Britten

Second Advisor

Dr. William Yaworsky

Third Advisor

Dr. John Newman


The Americas have long been a center of conflict as European powers competed for control of the resources of these untapped lands. Spain, France, and England contributed to the turbulent era of colonization. Each left their mark on the Western Hemisphere. Spain couldn’t know that an Independent Mexico would emerge from the actions of the first Spanish conquistadors. The Republic of Texas was actually a stepchild of Spain created through its Mexican land grants and missions. The lands they colonized were not empty. Spain, Mexico and the Texas Republic, found their new holdings populated by Native Americans who were not enamored by the invaders. All three occupied Texas with a military presence that struggled to subjugate the native populace—unsuccessfully. How could this be? The question this study focuses on is why Spain, Mexico, and The Texas Republic, could not subjugate the native peoples—Indians—that inhabited Texas.


Copyright 2016 Erhard M. van Deventer. All Rights Reserved.

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