The Comanche Barrier to South Plains Settlement

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Author: Richardson, Rupert Norval Sr (1891-1988) signed by the editor

Year: 1991

Publisher: Hardin-Simmons University

Place: Abilene


xviii+260 pages with 11 photographs, bibliography and index. Small quarto (11" x 8") bound in quarter morocco with brown label in gilt to spine over brown cloth boards. Signed by the editor Kenneth R Jacobs. Designed and printed by by W Thomas Taylor, with illustrations by Barbara Whitehead and a new introduction by A C Green. The whole edition totaled 600 copies, this edition of 225 copies was specially bound in morocco with maroon cloth and brown morocco spine label. (A C Green 50 50 Best Texas Books/ Dobie p 35/Campbell p 81/Dykes Western High Spots p 18 and 29) First published by Arthur H Clark in 1933. Second edition limited to 225 copies.

The original manuscript was purchased by Hardin-Simmons which was used for this publication. Over 10,000 words had been edited out by the Arthur H Clark Co in their 1933 edition.

In the annals of the great plains and prairie county south of the Arkansas river, the achievements of the pioneer loom large; for in this land the frontier era must be measured not in years or decades but in centuries. The Spaniards, who approached the country from the south and west, scarcely entered it at all, and it took, half a century of seasoning before the Anglo-Americas could subdue. it. Powerful forces delayed the advanced of the Europeans into this region, and not the least of these was the Comanche Indians. They guarded well the vast, treeless land that was their home and, what is more, they made life unsafe for those white men who dared to settle near the periphery of the Comancheria. Before Daniel Boone had entered Kentucky they were harassing the Spaniards at San Antonio, and as late as 1874 they took scalps within ten or fifteen miles of that old Spanish town. The purpose of this book is to give an account of the conflict of these superb savage horsemen with the more advanced peoples who finally succeeded in occupying their country. The narrative in part has to do with Spain's achievements and failures in dealing with nomadic Indians; it reveals the harsh tactics of the Anglo-American frontiersmen as they grappled with an Indian problem more puzzling than any they had ever known before; it brings out the mistakes and misapplied efforts of governments controlled by eastern men and struggling with problems peculiar to the west; and through it all runs the story of a nomadic culture debauched by vices of its more advanced neighbors, hurled about by currents of westward expansion, and finally confined and compelled to become a part of the civilization it hated and resisted to the last.


A near fine copy.

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