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TEXAS IN 1850.
PART FIRST.
CHAPTER I.
Revolution and Annexation. Subsequent Prosperity. Future Prospects.
The Basis of Future Prosperity. Texas a Missionary
Field.
THAT a correct estimate of a country be formed,
some knowledge of its former history is requisite, by
which means may be ascertained its progress and the
degree of improvement of which it is susceptible.
In delineating Texas, we will assume our position
at the time of her revolution, which period, in a very
important manner, decided her future character and
destiny. The Texians, in the achievement of their
independence of Mexico, established a republican
government, which, with comparatively limited means,
was sustained with a good degree of honor. A peaceable
condition of affairs succeeded, which was followed
by an increase of population, who aided in the prosecution
of those objects necessary for the prosperity of
this feeble yet energetic republic. The institutions
which were founded and supported under the various
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/10/ocr/: accessed September 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .