The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 210
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
time receive attention. The names of counties that have been
changed or discontinued are not mentioned.
The title of the book appears to the writer to be too long,
particularly since the essential part of it comes at the end. In
the preface the author is careful to state that the work "is not
S. . a history of the different counties of the State, nor
a history of the State, except in so far as that is in-
volved in the county names." "It is . . . a series of sketches
which outline the origin and history of the county names of
Texas." There is more biography than history or geography in
most of the sketches.
The attempt to group the county names into chapters will prob-
ably prove irritating and unsatisfactory to most readers. The
chapter headings are as follows: I. The Spanish period of
Texas history (20 county names are grouped under this head-
ing); II. The Anglo-American colonization of Texas (10); III.
The Americanization of the map of Texas (13); IV. The
pioneers of Texas (32); V. Political Organization of Texas and
events leading to the Revolution (20); VI. The Texas Revolu-
tion (40); VII. The Republic of the Rio Grande (2); VIII.
The Texas Navy (1); IX. Early statesmen of Texas (17); X.
Early jurists of Texas (17); XI. Colonization under the Repub-
lic (1); XII. The Americanization of Texas and the Mexican
War (11); XIII. --- (1) ; XVI. Statesmen, jurists, journal-
ists, historians, ministers and others who are commemorated on
our county map (16); XV. The War between the Northern and
Southern Sections of the Union (18); XVI. The Indians of
Texas (5); XVII. Physiographic names (28). Most of the chap-
ters set out with a few introductory paragraphs; the county names
in each group are arranged alphabetically. The book would gain
in interest if these general paragraphs had all been collected in
the introduction, and if the county names had been arranged
alphabetically in one group. Garza and Nolan counties were
created in 1876. Why include them in Chapter I? Why include
in Chapter I Angelina, Aransas, Bandera, etc., and exclude Atas-
cosa, Blanco, Bosque, etc.? Why include Chambers in Chapter
III? Chapter III includes counties that were created in 1836
to 1860. Young county was created in 1856 and Stephens in
1858; why include them in Chapter XV ?
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