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 money owed of pioneer lifestyles in West Texas. those that desire to remember the fact that position and time needs to learn Santleben, and should 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 variety to its calls for. In an atmosphere the place legislation have been sketchy and enforcement used to be haphazard, Santleben came across the chance for revenue. His rigorously phrased account of ways Mexican silver cash by some means got here to be hid in baggage of beans on his wagons is a vintage frontier story. Santleben looked as if it would comprehend every person, and he took the time to call them, leaving an abundant list of folks and personalities within the area. a number of the names became well-known through the years, yet others are traditional 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 swap, and—whether addressing German immigration, the effect of the Civil warfare, the arriving of the railroad, conflicts with Indians, or the improvement of San Antonio—he does it at a degree of aspect and realizing that basically an eyewitness can provide.
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