The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

THE QUARTERLY
OF THE
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. VIII. OCTOBER, 1904. No. 2.
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DE WITT'S COLONY.'
ETHEL ZIVLEY RATHER.
I. Introduction.
The Anglo-American colonization of Texas was one of the most
important movements of American history. From it followed log-
ically and inevitably a series of events of the greatest significance
in our national life. Texas, peopled by Anglo-Americans, could not
long remain content under Mexican rule, and as soon as the col-
onists were given a reasonable occasion for rebellion their inde-
pendence was a foregone conclusion. Separation from Mexico was
but a preliminary step toward resuming allegiance to the mother
country-a consummation much desired by the majority of the
Texans from the time when they declared the independence of the
republic. Annexation speedily led to war with Mexico, and the
struggle which ensued resulted not only in the retention of Texas
by the United States, but also in the acquisition of the whole
Southwest from the Rio Grande to the Pacific. Thus the coming
of the Anglo-American had wrought for Texas, within some three
decades, results of far greater importance than all the Spaniards
had done for the province during the previous three centuries and
more.
For nearly two hundred years after the discovery of America
1 Besides the well-known secondary authorities that have been used in
the preparation of this paper, the most important printed works are

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