A Pictorial History of Texas, From the Earliest Visits of European Adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Page: 3 of 859
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Among the newer States of our American Union, there is probably
no one about which so much has been written and published
as the State of Texas. In 1857, Frederick Law Olmsted published
a volume of 516 pages, entitled I "A Journey Through Texas;
or a Saddle-trip on the South-western Frontier." Mr. Olmsted
mentions thirty-three bound volumes on Texas, by more than
thirty authors. Seven of these were in two volumes each, making
an aggregate of forty separate books, many of them large octavos
of from four hundred to six hundred pages. Since that period
" the press has thrown off scores and even hundreds of publications
-histories, biographies, descriptive pamphlets, addresses, etc.
These have been scattered broadcast over the country by immigration
agencies, railroad corporations, companies of land speculators,
and others. The question arises, then, whence the
necessity of another work on Texas? Partly because previous
histories have been too brief in some particulars and too diffuse
in others. Many of the descriptive pamphlets have been too
highly colored; personal narratives too partial, and often defective
in det.ails; and the statistics too meagre and in some
instances entirely unreliable. It needed another volume to give
a complete history of the State down to the present time; and to
condlense, and classify, and give in a reasonable space the past
history, present condition and prospective development of this,
the grent Empire State of the contineit.
The design of the author is to give in the present volume a
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Illustrated history of Texas, organized into ten sections:  General Description of the Country,  Texas Under Spanish Domination, 1695--1820,  Colonization Under Mexican Domination, 1820--1834,  The Revolution,  The Republic, From 1837 to 1846,  Texas as a State, from 1847 to 1878,  Indians,  Biographies,  History -- Counties, and  Miscellaneous Items.
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Thrall, Homer S., 1819-1894. A Pictorial History of Texas, From the Earliest Visits of European Adventurers, to A.D. 1879., book, 1879; St. Louis, Missouri. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/3/: accessed January 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .