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Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850

Andrew J. Torget

Abstract

By the late 1810s, a global revolution in cotton had remade the U.S.-Mexico border, bringing wealth and waves of Americans to the Gulf Coast while also devastating the lives and villages of Mexicans in Texas. In response, Mexico threw open its northern territories to American farmers in hopes that cotton could bring prosperity to the region. Thousands of Anglo-Americans poured into Texas, but their insistence that slavery accompany them sparked pitched battles across Mexico. An extraordinary alliance of Anglos and Mexicans in Texas came together to defend slavery against abolitionists in the M ... More

Keywords: cotton, U.S.-Mexican border, Gulf Coast, Texas, Mexico, slavery, Confederacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624242
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624242.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew J. Torget, author