Author Archives: Mustang

About Mustang

US Marine (Retired), historian, writer.

Three of a Kind

The story of Josie and Ann Bassett, and Etta Place ____________ “A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes, she’s a tramp.”  — Joan Rivers Introduction Years ago, Arthur and Fanny … Continue reading

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“I done took it up.”

A look at straight-shooting Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald ___________ Introduction In order for stories to become popular, whether based on fact or smothered in myth, they have to reflect the society that takes stock in them.  Texas society has … Continue reading

Posted in American Frontier, American Southwest, Civil War, Corruption, Feuds & Rivalries, History, Justice, Politicians, Society, Texas, Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshals | 8 Comments

The Puritan-Pequot War

Introduction At no time in the early history of European migration to North America did any man or woman have “an easy time” of it.  Many did not long survive in the new world.  If hostilities did not kill them,  they starved.  Lack of … Continue reading

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God made man — but Texas made Texans

Introduction In 1820, Tejas (Texas) was a province of New Spain.  In that year, the population of Hispanics living in Texas was around 1,700 — mainly concentrated in San Antonio, but with a spattering of people also living in Nacogdoches … Continue reading

Posted in American Frontier, American Indians, American Southwest, Antebellum Period, Civil War, History, Indian Territory, Indian War, Mexican Border War, Mexican Revolution, Missouri, New Spain, Outlaws, Pioneers, Society, Texas, Texas Rangers | 1 Comment

Christmas Back When

In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone went to their own town to register. … Continue reading

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The New Northwest Territory

Introduction There was a time when the territorial extent of British America began at the Atlantic seacoast and ended at the eastern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  This boundary was an intentional restriction imposed upon the colonists by the British government, … Continue reading

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The Northwest Indian War

Some Background In 1757, long before the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, Benjamin Franklin was sent to England by the Pennsylvania Assembly as a colonial agent to protest the political influence in Pennsylvania of the Penn family, the proprietors of … Continue reading

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Colonial Expansion

… And the Old Northwest Territory Introduction It is entirely possible that no one in the United States today knows who Jeffrey Amherst was.  I’ll solve that problem right now: he was the man who, as commander-in-chief of British forces in … Continue reading

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Trading, Raiding, and Outlawry

Introduction Cultural evolution is an interdisciplinary study because it involves human history, biology and genetics, human behavior, demography, language, archeology, anthropology, and specific sociological effects.  How did the Shoshone Indians become Comanche, how did the Comanche progress from wandering nomads to … Continue reading

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The Frontier Regiment

Background There was some interest in the United States for migrating to Texas in the mid-1830s — but not much, mostly because the fate of Texas and the people who lived there was uncertain.  But in 1850, with the issue of statehood out … Continue reading

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