The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

development of water law in Spain, beginning with the Roman
influence in Spain, the Moorish influence on Spanish irrigation
laws, and the later development of Spanish legal codes, including
those which applied particularly in New Spain.
Texans will find especially interesting the description of the
Spanish irrigation systems established in San Antonio over two
hundred years ago. Many detailed records concerning this early
system have been preserved, and the remains of the system still
exist and are in partial use today.
The history of this Spanish influence after Texas Independence
and the controversies which are still unsettled today concerning
the law of irrigation rights brings the reader up to date on this
significant question.
Mrs. Dobkins is to be congratulated on her handling of the
complex subject with which she has dealt. The book is extremely
readable and shows a remarkable insight into a subject which is
essentially legal, yet can be properly understood only from the
vantage point of history. WILL WILSON
Attorney General of Texas
Water for the Future: Resources of the Texas Gulf Basin (Vol. I) ;
Economic Potential of the Texas Gulf Basin (Vol. II) ; Trad-
ing Areas in the Texas Gulf Basin (Vol. III) ; Water Require-
ments in the Texas Gulf Basin (Vol. IV). By John R. Stock-
ton, Stanley A. Arbingast, Richard C. Henshaw, Jr., and Al-
fred G. Dale. Austin (Bureau of Business Research, The
University of Texas), 1959. Pp. 716. Figures, tables, maps.
$5.oo a set.
Today in Texas, water like oil, gas, and cotton has become an
item of major economic interest. There can be no question of
water's importance in the future of Texas as cities grow larger,
new industries move in, old industries expand, and as irrigated
farm land is increased. The severe drought of 1951-1956 drama-
tized this concern. To accompany this development, studies of
economic growth and water demand are needed for the state;
a recent report, Water for the Future, by the Bureau of Business
Research of the University of Texas is such a study. It presents
the results of an inquiry into the water requirements of one por-

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