Category Archives: American Frontier

The North Carolina Regulator War

Introduction In the year 1700, around 200,000 people lived in the British colonies in North America.  In the next 100 years, the population doubled roughly every 25 years (except that migration to the New World slowed during the French & … Continue reading

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Frank Jones — Texas Ranger

No man in the wrong can stand up to a man in the right who just keeps on a-coming. —The Texas Ranger Creed Introduction The Texas Rangers began with ten men, appointed by Stephen F. Austin in 1823.  He enlisted … Continue reading

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America’s Old Northwest

The history almost no one knows Initially, the territories claimed by Great Britain in North America included all of present-day New England, extending southward along the Atlantic seacoast to the northern boundary of Spanish Florida and then westward to the … Continue reading

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The Greatest Raid

Introduction Between 1700 – 1875, Comanche, Kiowa, Wichita, Caddo, Bidai, Karankawa, Eastern Pueblo, and Apache Indians dominated a massive swath of land in the area of present-day Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona.  The Indians called it Comancheria — it … Continue reading

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The Case of Tom Horn

Background Old West history books are filled with stories about large cattle ranches, the cattlemen that ran them, the long and dangerous trail drives that took months to complete, and the conflicts between cattle barons and small farmers and ranchers.  … Continue reading

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The Council House Fight

Background Between 1700-1875, the Comanche, Kiowa, Wichita, Caddo, Bidai, Karankawa, Eastern Pueblo, and Apache Indians dominated a massive swath of land in the area of present-day Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona.  It was called the Comancheria.  It was … Continue reading

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The California War (1846 – 1848)

Introduction Anytime someone mentions the Mexican-American War (1846 – 1848), what comes to mind to most people are the battles that took place inside Mexico.  Everyone is thinking, “Mexico.”  They don’t think about California — but California was a province … Continue reading

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The Texas Navy — Part 2

(Continued from Last Week) The Second Texas Navy In mid-1837, all Texas’ ships were either wrecked, captured, or seized by creditors — making Texas vulnerable to another Mexican invasion. Mexico’s effective blockade of the Texas coastline made any ship attempting … Continue reading

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The Texas Navy — Part 1

Background The Mexican Independence Era (1808-1829) was part of a much larger political movement in the Americas.  It was a time when the Hispanic people of North America, Central America, and South America (and far distant Asian countries) threw off … Continue reading

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Gentleman Johnny

Introduction For many years, British military officers purchased their promotions.  A young man who wanted to join the military as an officer paid for the privilege of serving in the army.[1]  The system that existed in the United Kingdom before 1871 for … Continue reading

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