New PDF release: Historical Atlas of Texas

By A. Ray Stephens, William M. Holmes

ISBN-10: 0806123079

ISBN-13: 9780806123073

Texas, a land with a different photograph, has remained for the main half in the American mainstream. during this historic atlas sixty-four maps, observed through short interpretive essays, illustrate the main major occasions and topic components in Texas historical past and geography.Since the coming of the 1st Europeans in 1528, six diverse international locations have claimed sovereignty over the Lone megastar state’s varied areas. Readers and students in any respect degrees will take pleasure in studying from this atlas how Texas’s local population and later arrivals spoke back to one another and to the state’s various terrain.

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Other areas of the High Plains and Plateaus region are the Llano Basin in the center of the state and the Toyah Basin along the Pecos River. The Great Basin, or Basin and Range Province, as it is known in Texas, is an extension of the terrain found in portions of the American West and northern Mexico. Extensive desert flats surround high mountains such as the Davis, Van Horn, Franklin, Glass, and Guadalupe mountains. The highest elevation in Texas, Guadalupe Peak at 8,751 feet, is in this region.

Spanish priests worked in another mission field in present Texas not directly related to those already discussed. In 1682, missionaries fleeing the revolt of the New Mexico pueblos constructed churches in the El Paso area for the converts they brought with them in their retreat. Other missions were established along the Rio Grande, particularly in present-day El Paso and Presidio counties. The missionaries learned to love and appreciate their charges, but purposes of state often overrode their plans.

Additional reactions to French expansion in Louisiana brought renewed mission efforts in 1716 and 1721. Religious and economic reasons also prompted Spanish expansion. The salvation of the aborigine's soul and the support of his overlords who taught and supported him served as important considerations. In the extensions of the kingdom, Spanish officials sent soldiers to act as a safeguard against foreign encroachment and hostile Indians, missionaries to convert the unenlightened, and economic agents to exploit the labor of the local inhabitants.

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