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Closing Remarks.- The careful student will not deem
the men who were prominent during this period mere
adventurers. The Monroe Doctrine teaches that we shall
allow no European nation to rule any section of North or
South America. Belief in the wisdom of this principle
(though President Monroe did not announce the Monroe
Doctrine till some years later) did much toward influen-
cing the leaders of expeditions to enter Texas. That the
Spanish government was tyrannical, and the early Mexi-
can Republic equally so, was known to the world. The
knowledge that they were striking for freedom encour-
aged the filibusters to believe their cause would succeed,
but in 1821 the prospect in Texas was dark indeed.
Long's invasion had so enraged the officers in power
that scores of peaceful settlers were driven from the
country and their property destroyed. Fields that once
bore the richest harvests were now waste and barren.
The population did not amount to 4000 civilized per-
sons. Smugglers infested the coasts, and freebooters
from Lafitte's settlement spread terror throughout East-
ern Texas. It is with relief that we turn from this
gloomy chapter in our State's history.
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/68/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .