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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
published in 1974 by Macmillan, with a new introduction by Robert W.
Johannsen; and David J. Wishart's The Fur Trade of the American West,
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The Texas Rangers rode into history in 1823 as a small, disorganized
band of volunteers who fought Indians, pursued outlaws, and sup-
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