- A Brush with Cannibals
June 12, 1837 to June 13, 1837 TERRITORY, Territory Government, Law, Migration/Transportation, Native-Americans, Race-Relations, Women
The trek by wagon train to Texas was one fraught with danger. Trail roads were rough, there were high rivers to cross, diseases to contend with, and of course the possibility of meeting up with Indians. Mary Maverick was making such a journey in the summer of 1837. She was traveling by wagon train from her home in Alabama to the new land of Texas. One day when her party was moving camp, 17 Tonkawa...
- Dilue Harris's Experience in the Runaway Scrape
March, 1836 TERRITORY, Territory Health/Death, Migration/Transportation, War
The Alamo had fallen and Sam Houston decided that it was time. On March 11, 1836, Houston ordered Texas families to retreat across the Colorado River in order to escape the Mexican army. Dilue Harris, a young white girl, packed up her belongings and left her home with her family. They began to encounter trouble when they attempted to cross the Trinity River. The water level of the river and the crowds...