The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 269
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Cotton Ginning in Texas to 1861 269
hundred thousand bales in 186o. Cotton had fostered the building
of the first railroad in Texas, and had caused the improvement of
other transportation facilities. It had stimulated a lively coastal
and ocean trade, and most important it had furnished a livelihood
for many a Texas citizen. Indeed, cotton had become, as Austin
foresaw, the basis of the Texas economy and attached thereto was
the cotton gin, not as a major industry but one nonetheless
which was absolutely essential in keeping the Texas economy
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