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IN the years 1836-37 my attention was attracted by
statements, republished from the American newspapers
by the press of this country, concerning the
revolt of the province of Texas from the Mexican
Republic. From these statements it appeared that
the people of Texas were chiefly of Anglo-American
origin, that they were altogether insignificant in
number, compared with the inhabitants of Mexico,
and that, nevertheless, they had succeeded in establishing
their independence by force of arms. So far
as books could furnish an acquaintance with a disant
nation, I was no stranger to the growth of the
United States and the energy of their inhabitants.
Neither was I incapable of estimating the superiority
of the North Americans to the mixed population
which, under the general name of Mexican, lay
scattered within and adjacent to the Tropic, yet

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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/13/ocr/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .