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 bills of pioneer existence in West Texas. those that desire to keep in mind that position and time needs to learn Santleben, and may get pleasure from 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 used to be untamed and hazardous, and he tailored his sort 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 conscientiously 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 be aware of everybody, and he took the time to call them, leaving an plentiful list of people and personalities within the sector. a number of the names became well-known over the years, yet others are usual electorate 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 influence of the Civil struggle, the coming of the railroad, conflicts with Indians, or the advance of San Antonio—he does it at a degree of element and knowing that simply an eyewitness can provide.
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