By August Santleben
August Santleben’s Texas Pioneer is—like Mary Maverick’s Memoirs, James Gillett’s Six Years with the Texas Rangers, or Charles Siringo’s Texas Cowboy—one of the seminal first-person debts of pioneer existence in West Texas. those that desire to remember the fact that position and time needs to learn Santleben, and may take pleasure in doing so. Santleben ranged Texas and northerly Mexico as a freighter, hauling items southward, and bringing fabrics, items, and silver again to the north. The territory that he traversed was once untamed and hazardous, and he tailored his kind to its calls for. In an atmosphere the place legislation have been sketchy and enforcement was once haphazard, Santleben came upon the chance for revenue. His rigorously phrased account of ways Mexican silver cash someway got here to be hid in luggage of beans on his wagons is a vintage frontier story. Santleben appeared to understand every person, and he took the time to call them, leaving an abundant list of individuals and personalities within the quarter. the various names became well-known through the years, yet others are usual voters that he encountered in his day-by-day ventures. Texas Pioneer is way greater than an account of freighting in West Texas. Santleben witnessed a time of serious switch, and—whether addressing German immigration, the impression of the Civil conflict, the coming of the railroad, conflicts with Indians, or the improvement of San Antonio—he does it at a degree of aspect and realizing that in basic terms an eyewitness can provide.
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A Texas Pioneer (Great Texas Books) by August Santleben