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Bolivar, Texas, January 1st 1831

The greatest part of the emigration consists of small farmers who come in by land and settle above, where land is cheaper and they get small tracts, in healthy situations. The capitalists come by sea, travel everywhere and remain undecided—not knowing where to choose.

—Mary Austin Holley 

Courtesy of Eugene C. Barker, Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin