In Texas Roots, C. Allan Jones reminds us that the economic wealth of modern Texas arose from its agricultural heritage, a rich mixture of practices and traditions including:
· Caddo hunting, gathering, gardening, and farming
· Irrigated agriculture at Spanish missions
· Hispanic ranching
· Slave-based plantations
· Small-scale farmers and ranchers
Through time, people adapted the agricultural technologies, laws, and customs of New Spain, Mexico, Europe, and the South to their own practical, institutional, and legal needs. The result was a particularly Texan system that would serve as the foundation for the state’s economic strength after the Civil War.
Texas Roots shines a bright light on our relationship and connection with the land, bringing alive an aspect of the Texas history that contributed immeasurably to the state’s identity and prosperity.
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Published by Texas A&M University Press