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Turpitude is in the disputed territory of Tejas also known as Texas. Alonso Álvarez de Pineda made the first documented European sighting of Texas in 1519. On 6 November 1528, shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European in Texas. In 1685 La Salle established the first European community in Texas, the French colony of Fort Saint Louis. The colony, located along Matagorda Bay, lasted only four years before succumbing to harsh conditions and hostile natives.
Due to the perceived French encroachment, Spain established its first presence in Texas in 1691 constructing of missions in East Texas. The missions failed quickly, and Spain did not resettle Texas until two decades had passed. Spain returned to East Texas in 1716, establishing missions and a presidio to maintain a buffer between New Spain and the territory of Louisiana. Two years later, the first European civilian settlement in Texas, San Antonio, was established.
Hostile native tribes and remoteness from New Spain discouraged settlers from moving to Texas and it remained one of New Spain's least populated provinces. San Antonio was a target for raids by the Lipan Apache. In 1749, the Spanish signed a peace treaty with the Apache, which resulted in raids by the enemies of the Apache, the Comanche, Tonkawa, and Hasinai tribes. The Comanche signed a treaty with Spain in 1785 and later assisted in defeating the Lipan Apache and Karankawa tribes. An increased number of missions in the province allowed for a peaceful conversion of other tribes, and by the end of the 1700s only a few nomadic tribes had not been "Christianized".
Alternate History of TurpitudeEdit
The story goes that a pirate ship needing careening beached herself here. The local natives, thinking the ship was Spanish, kept the ship and crew under observation from concealment. When after a few days they saw no sign of soldiers, or missionaries, a small party came down to trade. It was the natives' first introduction to rum and the pirates' first introduction to mezcal. Drunken buccaneers showered the natives with trinkets taken from Spanish galleons and English merchantmen. The natives gave the pirates fresh meat and fruit. Of course there were women among the natives as wel. Soon word spread that these were friendly natives who were easy to trade with and enemies of the Spanish authorities. Other pirate ships working the region stopped here for fresh water and supplies. And a bit of side trading. The natives set up the first huts but it wasn't long before some of the pirates dumped their wounded, their doxies and other camp followers on the growing port. Business thrives, but only as long as the Spanish authrities in Tampico don't know about it. So keep your mouth shut about Turpitude, matie, unless it be to a blood oath brother.