The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

wide, the green lawns deep, the houses withdrawn behind
yaupon hedges and walls of live oak."
Traditions and legends belonging to many parts of Texas
have been given to Cherokee, but taken together they make a
good story. The history, that is the part of it presented as his-
tory, is usually sound. There are, however, a few errors, as in
the question on page 282: "Did he hear what the soldier with
the wooden leg said to the soldier with the wounded leg ?" It
is a matter of historical fact that Santa Anna acquired his
wooden leg some years after the battle of San Jacinto. Such
errors are of little moment, however, in a book that is in gen-
eral rich in Texas lore.
RALPH W. STEEN.
Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College.
Jamestown and St. Mary's. Buried Cities of Romance. By
Henry Chandlee Forman.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1938. Pp. xvii, 355. Photo-
graphs, sketches, maps, $4.50.
In twenty-two chapters covering three hundred and thirty
pages and with sixty-eight illustrations of various kinds, the
author tells the story of Jamestown, "the oldest English settle-
ment of an enduring nature in the New World," and of St.
Mary's City, "first home of religious toleration in the Western
Hemisphere." Having said this, the author hastens to assert:
"Yet viewed in their true perspective, these two
towns, important to us now, represent only two links
in a chain of English settlements stretching back to
a distant past when the immense coast of the Americas
was void of a single Englishman's hut. We can name
three or four links before Jamestown, but how many
other links there were will never be known. Who can
be sure that there were no English cabins in America
before Columbus and Cabot? A dozen huts on a wilder-
ness coast may not have been an event important
enough for recorded history. History has been called
a catalogue of the forgotten, and only a small part of
the forgotten at that." (Pp. 1-2.)
The three or four links mentioned in the passage just quoted
were St. John in Newfoundland, 1527, St. John's Port in New-
foundland, 1583, "Porte Ferdynando" in Virginia, 1585, and
Elizabeth's Island, 1602.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed August 21, 2014.