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

Andrew J. Torget


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

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

  • Title: Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850
  • Author: Andrew J. Torget
  • ISBN: 9781469624242
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover



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 poBy 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 Mexican government, beginning a series of fights that culminated in the Texas Revolution In the aftermath, Anglo Americans rebuilt the Texas borderlands into the most unlikely creation the first fully committed slaveholders republic in North America.Seeds of Empire tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how the rise and spectacular collapse of the Republic of Texas as a nation built on cotton and slavery proved to be a blueprint for the Confederacy of the 1860s.


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

It is hard to believe that it has been more than one-half of a century since the last serious, scholarly history of Texas. This award-winning book has so much to offer, and is deserving of its multiple awards. Torget's approach is transnational and also places the Texas borderlands within the Atlantic world of empires, slavery-based capitalism, and the cotton commodity revolution. He is also rare for being the non-Mexicanist who actually carefully delves into the historical record in Mexico, fro [...]

excellent coverage of the topic and easy to see why this is a multiple award winning work.

This is a very important book in the canon of early Texas history. It is very well researched, and reaches some interesting conclusions. The premise of the book is that the cotton production industry, using slave labor was the primary impetus in the early settlement of Texas--rather than the old theory of "Manifest Destiny." The book looks at history from all sides--giving the Mexican side of the story as well as the Anglo-American side. Although the history of Mexico in the 1820s and 1830s is a [...]


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