The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 448
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448 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Colonization in Texas seems to have depended for its success
on agricultural opportunities. Because these were so small in
the country south of the Nueces, attempts to populate the region
by contract failed. Until the Civil War, commerce was the
principal economic activity attracting people into this country.
During the post-war years ranching gradually replaced com-
merce in importance. Not until the introduction of irrigation
and rail transportation in the twentieth century did agriculture
become the principal consideration attracting settlers into South
Texas. By then the age of empresarios was long past.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/556/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.