A comparison of early colonial settlements in New England and Texas during the middle of the eighteenth century shows a decided contrast in their locations. In New England the colonists settled along the coast, in Texas along a line roughly parallel to the coast but about one hundred miles into the interior. This distribution, coast line and interior, is all the more striking since in Florida and the West Indies the Spanish colonists, just as the English in New England, settled along the sea margin.
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Shuler, Ellis W.
"The Influence Of The Shoreline, Rivers And Springs On The Settlement And Early Development Of Texas,"
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