A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state. Page: 36 of 859
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HEISTORY OF TEXAS.
"Its history is not interesting. After the establishment
of San Antonio, (named Bexar by the Spaniards and
Mexicans,) a great many years seems to have elapsed
before any permanent settlements were attempted in the
country between that port and the towns and garrisons of
the Spaniards west of the Rio Grande. The first, I
believe, in point of time, was that of Barrego, who
shortly before the middle of last century planted a
stock-raising hacienda at the place called 'Dolores,' on
the Rio Grande, twenty-five miles below Laredo. He
received at this place from the King of Spain a large
grant of lands, some seventy-five leagues. This hacienda
was afterward destroyed.
" In the year 1757, the town of Laredo was founded.
This place was a sort of " Presidio," where the citizens
were armed occupants of the soil, and it proved the only
permanent settlement of the Spaniards on the lower
Rio Grande. After the establishment of Laredo, ranches
and haciendas were gradually extended over the country
between the Nueces and Rio Grande, and during the first
quarter of this century very extensive herds of cattle and
horses and flocks of sheep were pastured on and between
those rivers. The remains of the stone buildings and the
wells and water-tanks are still to be seen. The troublous
times following the attempts of the Mexican people to separate
from Spain invited the savage tribes of the Northwhich
had been kept in better subjection under the system
adopted by old Spain than they have ever been sinceto
make raids upon the frontier settlements. The Texas
revolution and subsequent border warfare gave the finishing
touch to this country, and when our troops, under
General Taylor, marched from Corpus Christi to the Rio
Grande, in 1846, there was not an inhabitant to be found
between that river and the Nueces. It had the appear
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Thrall, Homer S. A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state., book, 1879; St. Louis, Mo.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/36/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .