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 - Plains Area Hardly Touched Until Six Shooter...
Plains Area Hardly Touched Until Six Shooter Invented EDITOR'S 2?OT£: Thin i» the second of a »«ries ot articles ott Tbe Centennial and Texas-JLiteratore, by Miss ln- cille Allen, Instructor in. English in Paris JBSsli schooL " •• BY LUCILLE ALLEN -Texas is a part<of"the Southwest tradition in literature. The Southwest generally includes, besides the state of Texas, the old Santa Fe trade route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, on to the Rio Grande, and on to the Gulf. Except for the caravans which began about 1824, the earlier expeditions of Cabeza de Vaca, particularly Coronado and De Soto, the great plains were hardly touched until the invention of the six-shooter. The sedentary Indian "was not a very difficult neighbor, but the plains Indian was like the Arab: he was always mounted: he darted out, made attacks, and was gone. The frontiersman at best had but three shots, two pistols and a rifle. For this reason the very early historical literature of Texas Anglo-American settlements is for the most part the history of the land parallel with Hie head of the Guadalupe river and south. The following books made up a brief bibliography for a some- what serious study of Texas history: Walter Prescott Webb's .The Great Plains-" -Eugene. C- Barker's "Stephen. F. Austin." Marquis James"s "Sam Houston." 1 , Herbert GambrelTs "Mirabeau { Lamar.'* j Herbert GarnbrelTs "History of Texas." Mattie Austin Hatcher's "Mary Austin Holley." "The Great Plains" gives biography, geography, the influence 'of physical environment on settlement, and includes a history of 'the cattle industry,. Barker's "Stephen F. Austin" recounts the affirs within Austin's colony, its relations to Mexico, and to the United, States, It portrays Austin as something of a financial genius as well as the founder of Texas. The story of the_ Texas Republic is outlined by this book. James's colorful biography of Sam Houston, and Gambrell's "Mirabeau Lamar/' In studying early Texas, a map 1 is a necessity- A most interesting and valuable one is the new official Centennial Map of Texas.

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 15 Aug 1935, Thu,
  3. Page 5

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