Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 188 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
nevertheless has some upon antiquity. It was one of
the earliest settled towns of Texas, and was the scene
of many interesting incidents. During the war of the
Revolution, it was garrisoned by Mexican troops, and
was one of the first places signalized by a triumph of
the Texan arms in the struggle for liberty. The old
" Mission," in which Fannin met his untimely fate; is
still in a state of preservation, and is at present made
subservient to the purposes of a school. A " mission "
on the other side of the river, known as " old Labardee,"
is occupied for a dwelling.
The country which surrounds Goliad is fertile and
capable of being rendered highly productive. The town
is not in an improving condition, though its situation
is highly advantageous for a town of considerable importance.
The population being composed mostly of Mexicans,
the proper elements are not possessed for very rapid
improvements. The prosperity of towns in Texas, as
well as elsewhere, depends greatly upon the character
of the population--many possess the necessary physical
advantages, but, without the enterprise and public
spirit of the people, the car of improvement makes but
Towns on the Rio Grande are springing up at different
points with wonderful rapidity. Within the last few
months, several have sprung into existence. Edinborough
and New St. Louis have been started within a
few weeks; the former about one mile, and the latter
four miles below Reinoso. Brownsville, situated oppo.
site Matamoras, has rivalled in its rapid prosperity every
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/188/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .