Category Archives: American Frontier

More Cattle — More Cattle Wars

Some background Florida’s cattle were the first in North America, brought here by the 1521 expedition of Ponce de Leon.  Cattle ranching began before the Seventeenth Century around America’s first city, St. Augustine.  When Florida became a US territory in … Continue reading

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Conflicting Loyalties

The Story of William Wells We aren’t quite sure when William was born.  We think it was sometime in 1770 at a place called Jacob’s Creek in Pennsylvania; there is no record of his birth.  He was the son of … Continue reading

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On The Border

For three hundred years, Spain, France, and England asserted their claims over vast swaths of the North American continent.  They did this by sending soldiers, settlers, trappers, and merchants to plant their flags, construct fortifications and trading posts.  They signed … Continue reading

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Consequences

A Texas Ranger could ride like a Mexican, track like an Indian, shoot like a Tennessean, and fight like a devil. McMullen County, formed in 1858 from Béxar, Atascosa, and Live Oak counties, sets around 74-miles south of San Antonio.  … Continue reading

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Barney Kemp Riggs

There was a time in America when folks just up and died.  No one knew why … they just did.  No one in the mid-1800s knew much about influenza, cancer, congestive heart failure, or stroke.  And when they died, their … Continue reading

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A Tale of Southwest Texas

Texas was always — and remains today — a place best suited to Texans.  You can visit Texas, of course, and many people do enjoy a family holiday along San Antonio’s River Walk and visiting the Alamo (which looks nothing … Continue reading

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Cowboys in Neckties

Some background The United States is a nation of immigrants.  Between 1580 and 1775, the population of Europeans went from zero to around 3.5 million.  They arrived in waves, of course, and the attitudes toward new arrivals vacillated between enthusiastic welcome and … Continue reading

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The Lee-Peacock Feud

Background On 2 April 1866, the American Civil War had been officially ended for just shy of a year.  At best, however, the war was only almost over — but not quite.  On that date, the Thirty-ninth Congress of the United States … Continue reading

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Tombstone Judge

With three men dead, two wounded, and one slightly injured, one would think that it was one hell of a gunfight.  Well, it was — and it wasn’t.  The fight only lasted around thirty-seconds, but within that short span of … Continue reading

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Outlaws & Patriots

Early America and the Quest for Independence Introduction Seldom has there ever been a sense of “we” in Great Britain.  National unity did manifest itself as a result of wars, but this has always been a fickle indicator because people … Continue reading

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