The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 259
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Book Reviews and Notices. 259
nature which indicate clearly the rapid growth in population and
business during this period.
In the series of reviews of the volumes composing this reprint
effort has been made to point out some of the interesting and
important facts in the development of Texas and her institutions.
It has been impossible to do more than suggest the possibilities of
profit which the student may find in their contents.
When we consider that the laws of a country are only the author-
itative expressions of public sentiment we are forced to recognize
that the constitutions and statutes of a people are among the most
authentic and valuable records of its progress. In this view these
reprints cease to be an uninteresting reproduction of dead enact-
ments and become an authentic register of the advancement of our
State during the past century.
JNo. C. TowNEs.
Under the title Was Texas a Part of the Louisiana Purchase?
Prof. Ficklen, of Tulane University, has made a valuable contribu-
tion to Texas history,-one that deserves to rank as standard
authority upon this question.
He indirectly apologizes for having to combat what he mistak-
enly supposes is the consensus of Texas opinion upon the subject,
and shows quite conclusively the negative of the proposition.
There is, however, a side issue, which, while, perhaps, of no very
great historical importance generally, it is well to refer to, in view
of the relation of Texas to the coming centennial of the Louisiana
For over a century Texas, as province, republic, and State, was
between the upper and nether millstones of national and interna-
tional politics. As a result, her boundaries now are quite differ-
ent from what they were when Louisiana was purchased, and that
part of area of the present State of Texas which was included in
the Louisiana Purchase is greater than that part of the present
State of Louisiana, which was a part of that purchase.
The State of Louisiana now has within her borders probably as
much as 7000 square miles of what was a part of Texas in 1803,
and probably as much as 6000 square miles of what was a part of
West Florida at the same date, while Texas has about 38,000 square
miles of what was a part of the Louisiana Purchase. In other
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