The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 529
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Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San
Chambers of Commerce in other Texas cities may complain
over being omitted from the "Cibola" list. But as Author Gam-
brell explains, urban Texas is still young and vigorous, and
others may make the Cibola circle by moving forward in the
Thomas Jefferson's letter to President Monroe, reproduced in
the book, forecast that "the province of Techas (Texas) will be
the richest state of our union, without any exception." Others
may judge the accuracy of this prophecy, but it is revealing to
know that Jefferson anticipated the "rich Texan" long before
the theory was tested by the United States Department of Internal
The volume reflects that the anti-Texas attitude that many
detect today among some citizens of colder climates is older than
the state itself.
Example: The handbill, reprinted in the book, calling an
"Anti-Texas Meeting" in Boston's Faneuil Hall in 1838. The pur-
pose was to discourage annexing Texas to the United States,
because it would add to the power in Congress of members from
The Gambrells give a better insight than many historians into
the importance of the Texas Navy during the war for independ-
ence and the Republic of Texas. The United States Supreme
Court indirectly recognized the Navy's authority in the 1960
decision establishing the state "tidelands" limit at three leagues
(rather than three miles) offshore.
As a general and president, Sam Houston was hardly a pro-
Navy man. While the Texas Navy was picking up a $25,000 fee
helping citizens of Yucatan assert their independence in 1841
(and replenishing the Republic's flat-broke treasury), Houston
complained that the sailors were too independent.
"In Texas President Houston meditated often on his navy and
its recalcitrance," wrote Herbert Gambrell. "He was a lands-
man who never regarded ships as essential to national defense . "
While modern Americans like to fancy that no generation ever
faced such problems as they do, a glance at the Gambrell book
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