The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 53
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Education in Texas during the Spanish-Mexican Periods 53
suitable books and supplies. Nor were the educational efforts of
the Mexican ~6gime entirely fruitless, for the first real public
school in Texas (San Antonio, 1853) was public by virtue of the
fact that its support had been provided for in a decree of 1833.
Moreover, it should not be overlooked that the private schools
started in the American settlements during these years provided
the foundation for the state's subsequent educational system.
It was no mere accident that during its comparatively brief
existence, the Republic of Texas chartered eight universities,
seven colleges, ten academies and four institutes. This educa-
tional progress was made possible by the groundwork laid during
the Mexican period.
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