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Courtey f rry ibr Chicgo. they were real
and immediate problems involving large sums of
money and vast quantities of material.
From the early days of the nation, and particularly
during the Napoleonic Wars, freedom of the seas
had been an extremely sensitive point with Americans.
The country's merchantmen demanded the
freedom to sail without hindrance wherever they
could load or discharge cargo. And they expected
their Navy to protect them.
Other countries had the same concern for their
commerce, but none was more solicitous of its rights
than the United States, and none could boast of such
a spectacular rise in international trade. This
zealous care for freedom on the high seas often
brought friction-and sometimes crises-but it was
an indispensable contributor to the greatness which
the nation attained. The naval experiences of the
Republic of Texas are a significant part of the transition
of the United States from a new and somewhat
backward country into a world power of the
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U.S. Navy Department. Naval History Division. Texas Navy, book, January 1, 1968; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2419/m1/6/: accessed February 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .