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TEXAS IN 1850.
process, assume an aspect which will rejoice the Christian
world more than did the reduction of the mighty
capitol, and the storming of Vera Cruz, the military
world. Trophies, not of blood and carnage, but achievements,
more noble than ever graced a chieftain's brow,
would proclaim that Mexico is conquered, not to national
power, but to the peaceful influence of the great
Captain of eternal salvation.
The various towns of Western Texas,present important
openings for usefulness; some of the most
prominent will be remarked.
San Antonio is situated on a river of the same name,
in a very undulating region of country in the county of
Bexar. It is built on a letter S, formed by the San
Antonio river, which rises two miles above the town,
and is some thirty feet wide and six feet deep. It is
an ancient town, has been the scene of numerous wars,
and has acquired a notoriety for being a place where
more battles have been fought, and more blood spilt,
than perhaps in all the rest of Texas. A military outpost
was established here by the Spanish government
in 1718. In 1731, the town was settled by emigrants
sent out from the Canary Islands by the king of Spain.
It became a flourishing settlement and continued so till
the revolution in 1812. After that period, the hostile
incursions of the Camanche and other Indians harassed
the inhabitants to such an extent as to suspend
and nearly destroy-the prosperity of the town. After
various depressions and revivals, it has assumed both
morally and physically a more favorable character.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/178/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .