Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 181 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
" The San Antonio Division of the Sons of Temperance
promises great usefulness in staying the tide of
intemperance, and in preparing the way of the gospel
to the hearts of many who have been, heretofore, disinclined
or disqualified, by their dissipated habits, for a
profitable attendance upon the ministrations of the
" San Antonio has, for years, been a commercial
depot for the Mexican population beyond the Rio
Grande, and the new road connecting it with El Paso
increases its commercial importance. It is more than
probable that the entire trade of New Mexico, El Paso,
and Chihuahua will be diverted from St. Louis to San
" San Antonio presents ample advantages for cotton,
woollen, and other manufactories. Its water power is
unlimited, as are also the materials for the necessary
buildings. The location is healthy, and the surrounding
country fertile, and capable of producing supplies
for a large population.
"In less than twenty years, San Antonio is destined
to be the Manchester or Lowell of Texas, if not of the
South. Its location upon the great military and commercial
thoroughfare from the Gulf of Mexico to the
Upper Rio Grande valley, the northern States of Mexico
and California, as well as its vast and natural advantages
and resources, point directly to its rapid growth,
early importance, and future renown. The period
of its isolation, almost equal to that of Palmyra of the
Desert, is rapidly passing away. Thriving settlements
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/181/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .