Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 169 of 196
TEXAS IN 1850.
ment to bring the proper measures into operation for
suppressing such lawless outrages.
To facilitate the extension of population into the valuable-and
fertile lands of Western Texas, it is indispensable
that means should be adopted for the security of
the country of the Rio Grande valley. This being
immediately in the range of Indian hostilities, emigrants
are not desirous of making it their residence, hence it
cannot receive that accession to its population which it
The present military force is entirely inadequate to
the emergency. Three or four hundred men, scattered
at different points, are not sufficient for protecting a
frontier of such extent; and as long as such evident
deficiencies exist, the settlements will be harassed by
continual alarms of incursions, threatening to involve
them in one general massacre. To quiet such apprehensions,
no time should be lost in reinforcing the
present army with a sufficient military power, to drive
those dangerous marauders immediately beyond the
limits of Texas.
Western Texas will eventually constitute a very irtportant
portion of the State. With some improvements
in the navigation of the Rio Grande, the inhabitants
might be put in possession of a river, second in extent
only to the mighty Mississippi. The stream at present
is navigated by steamboats to th
distance of about five
hundred miles, and, by the removal of a very few obstructions,
it might be rendered navigable to an unknown
extent. Recent claims have been presented to
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/169/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .