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(Montgomery, Cora). EAGLE PASS, Or Life on the Border.

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Place Published: Austin
Publisher: Pemberton
Date Published:
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: FINE IN GOOD DJ.
Book Id: 2287


Originally published in (1852). New introduction by Robert Cotner, 194pp., index, map endpapers, gilt-stamped blue cloth in price unclipped dj with long scrape on spine. No pon.


Author's real name was Jane McManus Storms Cazneau. The earliest written account of this border town and the area around Ft.Duncan. Graff 2873n. Hanna, Yale Exhibit: "More than an account of life in Texas in the 1840s and 50s. It is, in general, a plea for just and humanitarian treatment of all people, and, in particular, a stinging indictment of the abominable treatment of the Indian and the Black in America." Howes C251n. Raines, p. 252n. Tate, Indians of Texas 2466n: "Discusses the continuous Indian raids along the southern Texas border during the early 1850s, and describes the Seminoles who had recently settled along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande." Wallace (Destiny and Glory, chapter 12) states that the author "was the most adventurous of any American woman on record and deserves far more than the oblivion which has been her fate." See The Handbook of Texas Online: Jane Maria Eliza McManus Cazneau. Notable American Women I:315-16. An important record of life along the recently acquired Rio Grande frontier by one of the first settlers of Eagle Pass, Texas. Ranching content includes a description of the wretched working conditions of vaqueros and peons on the vast haciendas in Mexico (as described by Severo Valdez, a vaquero who had left Mexico to work as a ranch hand for Col. Henry Lawrence Kinney in Corpus Christi); prospects for stockraising in Texas ("the prairies swarm with fine cattle, and where cows may be had at seven or eight dollars a head, and can rout out and take care of themselves the whole year"); cattle rustling and horse thievery on the border by Mexicans and Native Americans.

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