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TEXAS IN 1850.
cities in the United States. They were nearly all built
upon the same general plan, consisting of a church in a
fort. Of these, the most ancient are those of San Antonio
de Bexar, and Goliad. The former has become
memorable in the recent history of Texas, on account
of the bloody tragedy of the Alama, and the fall of
Travis and his lleroic band; the latter as being the
place of the confinement and subsequent destruction of
Fannin and his company.
The history connected with this portion of Texas is
replete with incident of the most interesting character.
These details might furnish matter for a volume, but, as
it is not consistent with the plan of the present work
to give a relation of past events, we can only take a
glance now and then, of what transpired in early times,
and hasten to represent Texas, as she is at the present,
and what she must be in the future.
The population of Western Texas is composed of
every grade of character. The wild Indian, Mexican,
European, and American blend their contrasting influence.
The future well-being of this division depends
greatly upon the amount of Protestant emigrations.
Romanism still lingers in the Rio Grande valley; it has
never entirely ceased its sway, and the last few years
have given an additional strength by a reinforcement of
foreign Catholics, who, in coming to this land of freedom
and equal rights, have calculated upon the privilege of
liberty of conscience; and such, indisputably is their
right. Yet it is proper to hope that the light shining
from the volume of Divine truth may dissipate the
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/172/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .