The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 179

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and through New Mexico. Goodnight's subsequent location of a
ranch in the Panhandle, and laying off of the Palo Duro-Dodge
City Trail, has made the mistake a natural one. Upon page 118
the reference to "the first drive" implies that the first from Texas
was in 1866, when, in fact, herds had been driven from Texas when
it was yet a Spanish province, and considerable trading was done
throughout the two decades before the Civil War. Unfortunately,
too; Texas cannot claim Mr. Osgood's inferred compliment of
having no rustler problem before 1866.
Beginnings of West Tennessee, 1541-1841. By Samuel Cole Wil-
liams. (Johnson City, Tenn.: The Watauga Press, 1930.
Pp. XIV, 331. $4.50.)
Though the title would indicate that this book is little more
than local history, Judge Williams has contrived to give his sub-
ject a background which fits it in with the currents of national
development. True enough, he does this by departing from a
strict account of West Tennessee throughout much of his space.
But by ending his account with the year 1841, he has stopped just
short of the period when West Tennessee begins to take on general
interest and importance in its own right. There is an intimation
that he may write another volume bringing the subject down to
the present; it is to be hoped that he will do so, for he is a careful
historian and has done the cause of history in Tennessee a distinct
service. The present volume begins as far back in the dim past
as an honest investigator can well let his imagination range, and it
gathers up every current or influence that crossed or touched that
part of Tennessee between the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers-
the historical West Tennessee. The mound-builders, De Soto, La
Salle, international rivalries, Indian wars, colonization schemes,
land claims, boundary disputes and surveys, the earthquakes of
1811-12, and the Chickasaw Treaty of 1818, all find their places in
the account. But not until Indian rights were vacated in 1818
could settlers make a legal entry into the region. Thereafter local
social and political history begins and county and town govern-
ments get started. Much of what follows is of little general in-
terest, as it is made up of facts surrounding the organization of the


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