Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Newest Western Wednesday...!

I hope everyone had a very happy and safe Christmas celebration!

I alsom want to thank you all for the nice comments yesterday, and I'm sorry that I wasn't home to answer each and every one of them. I took mom over to my baby Sis's house for Christmas dinner. It was a good visit, but Sis always sets a mean table!

Today's western story is about the beginning of the great state of Texas, but it isn't the story you usually hear!

Dec 26, 1820: 
Moses Austin asks Spanish for Texas colony


Hoping to recover from bankruptcy with a bold scheme of colonization, Moses Austin meets with Spanish authorities in San Antonio to ask permission for 300 Anglo-American families to settle in Texas.

A native of Durham, Connecticut, Austin had been a successful merchant in Philadelphia and Virginia. After hearing reports of rich lead mines in the Spanish-controlled regions to the west, Austin obtained permission in 1798 from the Spanish to mine land in an area that lies in what is now the state of Missouri. Austin quickly built a lead mine, smelter, and town on his property, and his mine turned a steady profit for more than a decade. Unfortunately, the economic collapse following the War of 1812 destroyed the lead market and left him bankrupt.

Determined to rebuild his fortune, Austin decided to draw on his experience with the Spanish and try to establish an American colony in Texas. In 1820, he traveled to San Antonio to request a land grant from the Spanish governor, who initially turned him down. Austin persisted and was finally granted permission to settle 300 Anglo families on 200,000 acres of Texas land.

Overjoyed, Austin immediately set out for the United States to begin recruiting colonists, but he became ill and died on the long journey back. The task of completing the arrangements for Austin's Texas colony fell to his son, Stephen Fuller Austin. The younger Austin selected the lower reaches of Colorado River and Brazos River as the site for the colony, and the first colonists began arriving in December 1821. Over the next decade, Stephen Austin and other colonizers brought nearly 25,000 people into Texas, most of them Anglo-Americans. Always more loyal to the United States than to Mexico, the settlers eventually broke from Mexico to form the independent Republic of Texas in 1836. Nine years later, they led the successful movement to make Texas an American state.

Goes a little further into the early history of Texas than we are used to hearing, doesn't it? Guess that this would qualify as western, right? Sure it does!

Better have our coffee inside today. Wind is blowing like crazy, and the temps have really dipped down!


Anonymous said...

Yessir, it is much more complete! Thank you, Mr. Hermit, and happy New Year 2013.. RB

Yessir, that is significantly more complete. Thank you for sharing these facts! RB

Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Interesting story, Mr. Hermit! Never heard of it before. You always find good stuff for us to read and learn by.
Glad your Christmas day was fun! We had a good time too, but I'm pooped - getting too old for for all the work involved. Next year, buffet style dinner for sure!

JO said...

Now I know more about the Western history I love so much. Great post my friend.
Sounds like you and mom had a good Christmas with the family.

It's cold here and our highs for day time will be in the 50s for the next week.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I always enjoy and learn from your posts. Your post reminds me of Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story".

HermitJim said...

Hey Old RB...
Always fun to go a little beyond what we were taught in school!

Makes you wonder just what else we were not told!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Phyllis...
I'm always looking for things that I think folks will find interesting, so I'm happy you enjoyed it.

Boy do I know what you mean about the age thing! I'm a little tired myself, but at least we won't have to do this again for another year!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Jo...
I do know just how much you enjoy this kind of story!

Hopefully you continue to find fun stuff here, sweetie!

Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Dizzy...
I can think of a lot of worse folks to share company with! Thanks for the kind words, but I have a ways to go before I even think of reaching his heights!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!

Hey BBC...
Very good question, but I have no answer!

Thanks for coming over!

West Tx at Heart said...

I just love W.W. It has become a post i look forward to all week. Thanks and I agree with the Paul Harvey comment.