|An 1839 Map of the Republic of Texas, courtesy Library of Congress.
|Know Your History!
This history is extremely interesting - and illuminating - for three
Firstly, it counters the traditional interpretation that American
history in Texas began with Austin's colony.
Secondly, it provides a reason behind why Northeast Texas seems
neglected by most Texan historians - its settlement was suspect.
Thirdly, it allows us to understand why Texas would claim allegiance
to the Confederacy and why culturally, the northeastern quadrant of
the state still has a decidedly Southern "flavor."
|This marker in northern Red River County indicates that Sam Houston first
stepped on Texas soil at the old Red River ferry crossing site of Jonesboro.
|The beautifully restored Red River County
courthouse in Clarksville houses Republic
of Texas and early statehood documents.
|The First American Settlement in Texas... was not Austin's Colony!