The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 2
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
dissatisfaction with the government and policies of the United
States. One Daniel Boone, for example, said to be a nephew of
the Kentucky frontiersman, told the Spaniards that the govern-
ment of the United States did not "suit" him.' Such protestations,
although questionable, do contain a modicum of truth. Certainly
these people must have been dissatisfied with something in the
United States, or they would never have taken the trouble to
migrate to Texas and take up residence under a radically different
form of government.
As early as 18o6 Moses Austin, then living in Missouri, re-
ported to a friend in the East that widespread dissatisfaction had
been stirred by the United States government's refusal to recog-
nize many land grants made by Spanish authorities shortly before
the cession of Louisiana. These complaints, Austin said, were
aggravated by the arbitrary rules established by General James
Wilkinson, then military governor of the territory, relative to
the surveying of claims.2
Of the colonists who moved into Texas after 1821, about three-
fourths came from the states west of the Alleghenies and south
of the Ohio and Missouri rivers, including the state of Missouri.3
The inhabitants of this region were Andrew Jackson's people,
many of whom were Scotch-Irish, "the contentious Calvinistic
advocates of liberty," as Frederick Jackson Turner called them.4
The region from which the Texas colonists came was in the
later stages of development from a frontier to a fully-settled
region. Vast tracts of Indian country separated the areas of white
settlement, and while a Virginia-style plantation might adorn the
banks of a river, pioneer cabins were still being built at the forks
of the creek in the near-by hills. According to Turner, "the
simplicity of life in this region and these years, together with the
vast extent of unoccupied land and unexploited resources, made
'Mattie Austin Hatcher, The Opening of Texas to Foreign Settlement, z8o-z.82z
(Austin, 1927), 109.
2Eugene C. Barker (ed.), The Austin Papers (I and II, Annual Report of the
American Historical Association for the Years 1919 and 1922, Washington, 1924,
1928; III, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1926), I, 115.
3Samuel Harman Lowrie, Culture Conflict in Texas, I82I-I835 (New York,
4Frederick Jackson Turner, The United States, i83o-i85o: The Nation and Its
Sections (New York, 1935), 19.
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