TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Vol. XIII. JULY, 1909. No. 1.
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expressed by contribiors to THE QUARTERLY.
THE NAVY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS.
THE SECOND NAVY OF TEXAS.
IX. MEASURES TO PROCURE A SECOND NAVY.
The vessels of the first navy were lost through captures, wrecks,
and other misfortunes. But Texas, possessing as she did such an
extensive sea-board, could not expect to be regarded as a nation
unless she had a navy strong enough to protect her coast and
harbors. Emigrants would hesitate to risk their all in a voyage
to a country not prepared to protect them if attacked en route.
Trading vessels would be slow to bring those commodities to her
shores which would be necessary for the comfort of the people.
Exportation would likewise be dangerous. Shipowners would dread
capture and loss of their vessels, with possible imprisonment in
a Mexican dungeon. Excessive insurance would raise the price
of all commodities to the point where the bare necessities of life
would become luxuries. But, with proper protection, immigra-
tion would soon fill up the land; and the increased imports and
exports, as the country became settled, would bring a revenue in
the way of customs duties that would eventually pay for the
maintenance of a navy. These considerations alone would justify
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