An Illustrated History of Texas Forts
The word "fort" is defined as "a strong or fortified place." The inhabitants
of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Texas often depended on such places of
protection from their enemies for survival.
As a northern province of Mexico, an independent republic, and finally as a
state of both the Union and the Confederacy, Texas was contested ground for
much of its early history. The Mexicans fought the Spanish for control of Texas;
the Anglos fought the Mexicans for possession of Texas and then fought each
other. The Native Americans fought everybody. In each conflict, whether short
and savage in duration or protracted and bloody, one side often fought from "a
strong or fortified place."
This guide presents over one hundred Texas forts and camps in the order that
they came into being, and illustrates their history with period drawings,
plans, and maps.
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