The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 449
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Some Plans for British Immigration to Texas
the mid-nineteenth century. In that era of laissez faire, when eco-
nomic and political individualism was little restrained, British
immigrants were often victimized by unprincipled speculators and
misguided by utopian idealists. Yet the number of Texas immi-
grants so victimized by traffickers in land and promoters of immi-
gration was not large, and the crude independence of the 1850's
begins to appear less injurious and objectionable when compared
with the restrictions of a century later. State direction in British
life and state prohibition of immigration in America, which are
perhaps the inevitable results of maturity or age, have established
numerous limitations on population movement. The risks and
failures and the hopes and individuality that marked Texas immi-
gration a century ago have been rendered impossible by mid-twen-
tieth century social welfare programs.
During the early Victorian years the average British settler in
Texas was an optimist, convinced that the Southwest held rich re-
wards for him. He was an egoist, striving for fulfillment of his
potential; and he had a deep desire to own land, a characteristic
that past centuries had instilled in his nature.
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