The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 146
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
time, beginning with the establishment of the Republic of Texas
and fifty years after, when historians dealt principally with the
history of early Texas and with the accounts of those stalwart
men who brought about the independence of Texas. The next
fifty years produced writings which perhaps emphasized more
the cultural, religious, and economic developments of the state
as a whole. Now we have come to a new period in which it seems
that more interest is being manifested in local history. The
growing population of Texas, which included many newcomers to
Texas from other states, has made it so. Residents and citizens
of Texas are becoming more absorbed in the historical back-
ground of the cities, towns, and counties in which they live.
Coleman McCampbell, author of Texas Seaport, which he
further describes as "the story of the growth of Corpus Christi,"
has been alert to the changing times and to the desire of the
people living along the Gulf shores to know more about the
history of this region. Tracing the history of Corpus Christi from
183o to the present year, he begins with the story of that colorful
figure, Colonel H. L. Kinney, who gave to Corpus Christi its
modern beginnings. Kinney witnessed the colonization under-
takings of the Irish empresarios, John McMullen, James McGloin,
James Power, and James Hewetson, who brought Irish immi-
grants and settlers in 1829 and 1834 to the present counties of
San Patricio and Refugio. Kinney learned much from these
empresarios, or land agents, and their projects probably gave
him the inspiration to start an enterprise all his own, which
came to a reality with the establishment of Kinney's Ranch and
Trading Post. The author deals with many interesting facts--
Zachary Taylor's encampment at Corpus Christi in 1845; the
yellow fever epidemic of 1867; Colonel Ropes, promoter de luxe;
the hurricane of 1919; Corpus Christi, a deepwater port. He
brings his material down to date and writes, among other things,
about the King Ranch, a million-acre empire; the development of
Padre Island; Buccaneer Days, its pageants, fun and frolic; the
Coastal Bend giants, oil and gas; and the building of great indus-
trial plants. These are but a few subjects with which the author
Texas Seaport will serve admirably to give Texans a brief but
informative account of the history of Corpus Christi and its
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954, periodical, 1954; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/m1/168/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.