The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 191
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Union Bank; he went $21,ooo in debt for new lands and kept
Slo slaves; he became president of the Wascissa and Aucilla
Navigation Company; and, turning his vision westward once
more, he became president of a Texas Land Company. Before
long, he betook himself and Kate to New Orleans, where he
found society more to his taste and watched events shaping up
Murat was an observer of federal systems and did not hesitate
to express his conclusions. For example, he wrote:
Mr. Austin, a conqueror of a new sort, is busy drawing Texas from
the Mexican Union to throw it into the federation of the United
States. His mode of conquest is quite original. It consists, under the
authority of the Mexican government, of importing into a territory
dependent thereon, a population entirely Anglo-American. As soon
as it becomes sufficiently numerous to form a state, it may, if it please,
declare itself independent of one federation and reattach [note the
word before Polk's "reannexation"] itself to the other.
Texans are likely to question Professor Hanna's cursory and
perhaps misleading remarks on the matter of Texas independ-
ence as presented in Chapter 18. The following is quoted from
According to plan, the 25,000 Anglo-American colonists in Texas
revolted and in the latter part of 1835 demanded independence from
Mexico. When Mexico refused to release a large part of its domain
to these Anglo-American usurpers, Texans went forth to battle for
their freedom and, not too incidentally, to strike a blow for the
expansion of the United States.
Murat continued to practice law in New Orleans. He com-
plained of the bookshops but not the theatres. He invested in
Baton Rouge sugar lands. The Panic of 1837 came, but still the
annexation of Texas was not consummated. Achille and Kate
again returned to Florida, still plagued with the Seminole War.
Murat lived to see Texas and Florida become states in the
Union. He took up the pro-slavery defense and abhorred the
abolitionist. He prophesied before 1848:
I should not be surprised to see the dissolution of the Union take
place.. . We shall stand all we can but if the people of the Northern
states do not wish to put an end to the plots of the abolitionists, we
will be obliged to treat them as strangers and separate from them.
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