The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 119
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Notes On the Colonization of Texas
west."45 In the last analysis, of course, this simply means that
the writer has found no evidence, and does not prove that schem-
ing was not behind the movement. Nevertheless, with all allow-
ance for the habit of conspirators to try to conceal their tracks,
it seems significant. The impression that one inevitably obtains
from the letters of emigrants themselves is that they knew noth-
ing of such a design and that the cheap and fertile lands of Texas
were the only object of attraction.
The conclusions of this paper can be quickly restated. The
colonization of Texas was but the continuation of the westward
movement which in fifty years carried the Anglo-American from
the crest of the Alleghanies across the Mississippi. It was stim-
ulated by the panic of 1819, the abolition of credit in the national
land system, and the curtailment of wildcat banking and the
consequent restriction of paper money issues which followed the
reorganization of the United States Bank by Langdon Cheves.
While most of the emigrants hailed immediately from the lower
Mississippi Valley and the Gulf states, the movement, owing to
the rapid migrations of the early nineteenth century, was less
sectional than a superficial glance at the facts would indicate.
Some who wished to go were deterred by Mexico's declaration of
religious intolerance and by the nominal exclusion of slaves; but
those who did go had no purposeful relation to the political his-
tory of slavery in the United States.
4"Fiske, Essays, Historical and Literary, I, 332. The writer has never
been able to verify the quotation.
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