The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 428
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ment of political opinion which wished the United States to annex
the Mexican northern provinces?) Again, as early as December,
1844, with Polk not yet in the White House, De Bow of New
Orleans concluded that California should be incorporated into
the United States, though its lands were thought to be unattrac-
tive, and its harbors useful for the protection [sic!] of naval and
merchant ships. Soon, however (June, 1847), De Bow held a
wider view-a projected Vicksburg to Mazatlan railroad, and a
second one, along the Red or Arkansas, and so at length to San
Francisco. That port is now envisaged by De Bow as harbor (old
style) and also as harbor and railway terminus (new style). De
Bow saw that the age of steam cars had arrived, and that Pacific
harbors in which wooden sailing ships were once careened, or had
carried on desultory trade could now be developed as vital com-
mercial ports in connection with railroads feeding into and out
from the Mississippi Valley. Soon steamships would run that coast
from tropics to the Arctic.
Graebner's book challenges the historical imagination. How-
ever, the roles of Southern commercialism in relation to Polk and
the Democratic high command, 1844-1849, need to be well ex-
plored before his revision can be accepted. So far, the thesis has
not been fully sustained. FULMER MOOD
The University of Texas
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