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Some Ironic Texas History

I love irony. I had to post this, given all the noise today from Texas, about electrifying the wall to keep Mexicans out, and fears of an armed U.S. invasion of their state. I came across the following while editing the section of my book that recounted one of our many visits to Texas. Don’t get me wrong, my fifth great-grandmother settled Texas, my family name is listed on the wall in the Alamo Museum, The Alamo is a beautiful shrine to the Texas Revolution, but every time  I read this display quote I crack up.

Directly from the of the Museum at the Alamo:

A New Population: Spanish officials, concerned about Texas’ sparse population had decided to invite colonists from the United States to settle in Texas before Mexico declared her independence. The new Mexican government adopted the colonization plan as its own, hoping the colonists would contribute to the region’s economic prosperity. The first colonists, led by Stephen F. Austin, arrived in 1821. By 1828 there were so many immigrants from the United States in Texas that in some areas they outnumbered the Mexican population by 10 to 1. Manuel de Mier y Terán, a Mexican official sent to Texas that year, reported in alarm that Texas was becoming more American than Mexican and would be lost if the flow of settlers from the United States was not stopped. In 1830 the Mexican government, in response to Mier y Terán’s warning, closed Texas to further immigration from the United States. It also established several new forts in Texas to strengthen its presence, prohibited the importation of slaves and opened customhouses to collect taxes and stop illegal trade with the United States.

There was an additional quote at the bottom of the display, from Mier y Terán in 1828, that said “They (the American Colonists) all go about with their Constitution in their pocket demanding their rights.”

Does any one else see the irony in this bit of history?

BIG NEWS….of sorts

NOW AVAILABLE: The Red Road Diaries

Read an excerpt here

Imagine you could climb into a motorhome and just take off, leaving your day-to-day life behind. Where would you go? What would you want to see? The first of this two-part series might give you some ideas and inspiration. The Red Road Diaries recounts our experiences roaming the back roads of North America in a motorhome. (When you look at a road map it is the smaller roads, the red roads, that we prefer to travel.)

Volume one covers east of the Mississippi, from Florida to New York to Maine, as well as parts of the Midwest and Canada. Loaded with beautiful photographs, the book documents our travels from the majestic Deep South to the pristine mountains and coastlines of New England. Travel with us on a trip around the Great Lakes. Discover the beauty of Canada as we roam Ontario, Quebec, and the Canadian Maritimes. You’ll even see the untamed splendor of Newfoundland. Whether you are just an armchair traveler or planning an adventure of your own, The Red Road Diaries will spark your imagination.

Once you have seen the possibilities, you might be motivated to try the RV lifestyle yourself. You’ll pick up innumerable tips and suggestions regarding RV travel, as well as a wealth of resources to help you on your way. So come along as we explore life on the road, from the beauty of our National Parks to the oddities only found off the beaten path. The Reds Road await.

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Volume Two of The Red Road Diaries is in the works. Enter your email below to receive notification of its publication. It recounts our travels from deep in the heart of Texas to the majestic Canadian Rockies and everything in between. Join us as we sail down the inner passage and wander along the rocky Pacific coast to California. More great photographs and insights into life on the red roads.