Category Archives: Texas

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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José Cosme de Urrea y Elías González

Introduction There are several definitions for the word filibuster.  In the modern sense, a filibuster is a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedure.  In its historical context, a filibuster is … 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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The Last Battle

Introduction For some unknown reason, most people think that Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse was the end of the American Civil War.  It wasn’t.  Lee’s surrender did take place on 9 April 1865, … Continue reading

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El Peludo

Introduction For thousands of years before the modern era, the land of present-day Arizona was home to several Indian civilizations.  The first European to establish contact with Arizona Indians was Marcos de Niza in 1539.  Several other historically significant Spaniards … Continue reading

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An Act: To Provide for the Protection of Texas

According to some modern sociologists, Texas culture is among the major influences of American society today.  Even despite waves of immigrants (an amalgamation of Tejano, Anglo, Irish, Cajun, and African cultures) and the many tragedies impacting life in the Lone … Continue reading

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