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ERA OF COLONIZATION.
entitled to an ayuntamiento (court of appeals), which
was composed of the alcaldes, the sindico (a recorder),
and the regidores (aldermen), all of whom were elected
(lirectly by the people. We shall see in the next era that
these town officers did much for the cause of liberty in
Texas's struggle for independence.
The Indians were for many years a source of con-
stant trouble to all Texas colonists. Some of the empre-
sarios tried to win their friendship by kindness, but when
this plan failed, force was used. After many severe pun-
ishments, the savages, learning that the American settlers
never failed to pay back with interest every injury, grew
less troublesome. In recalling the hardships of Texas vet-
erans, we must not forget that while one hand guided the
plow the other was forced to wield the sword to protect
the lives of wives and little ones.
Growth.- The great progress made during this era is
best to be seen by comparison. In 1820 there were not
more than 4000 civilized inhabitants in Texas, while in
1830 the State boasted 20,000 Americans alone. These
Americans, as we have seen, were not wild adventurers,
but home-seekers, who came to live and to die in the land
of their adoption.
MANNERS AND CTUSTOMS.
TEXAS, November 5, 1830.
DEAR FRIEND:- Your letter came a month since. I am sure you
cannot imagine with what joy it was read; you, who receive your
mail twice a week, know nothing of the hunger we suffer for news
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/97/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .