Download e-book for iPad: Richard King. Courageous Texas Cattleman by William R. Sanford

By William R. Sanford

In the broiling warmth of Texas, Richard King equipped an empire. sooner than he arrived in Texas, livestock ranching slightly existed within the usa. even though it used to be a adverse land of sand and brush, King observed a chance within the Lone famous person country. With nice ability and tireless decision, Captain King constructed a thriving undefined, bringing pork to the northern states and inventing glossy ranching. Authors William R. Sanford and Carl R. eco-friendly discover the lifetime of "the Boss," from his humble beginnings to his production of a livestock empire: the King Ranch.

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He used the profits to buy more land for the King Ranch. In November 1863, seven thousand Union troops arrived off Point Isabel. Confederate general Hamilton Bee panicked. He ordered his men to set fire to the cotton stored in Brownsville, and then he withdrew. The fires spread and burned much of the town. A month later, the Union general ordered Richard’s arrest. Out at the ranch, a warning arrived just in time. Los Kineños were brave, but they could not fight off army troops. Richard had gone to Mexico to round up stolen livestock, leaving his pregnant wife behind.

The local Texans called it Boca del Rio (Mouth of the River). Across the river lay the lawless Mexican town of Bagdad. Travelers found cheap whiskey, crooked card games, and sudden death there. Richard, however, loved a good brawl. He enjoyed his visits to those mean streets. Richard was content to wait for Mifflin Kenedy, who was upriver with the Corvette. The old-timers he met at Boca del Rio filled him in on the war. The United States claimed that the Rio Grande was the border between Mexico and Texas.

There, at Point Isabel, workers unloaded the seagoing ships, which could not cross the sandbar. The Corvette docked, and workmen filled its hold with supplies. Then Kenedy headed the steamboat upriver. Richard’s task was to learn each twist and turn of the 250-mile route. Above Reynosa, he saw the Wild Horse Desert for the first time. Forty-two miles up the river, the Corvette unloaded at Carmargo. From there, mule trains took the supplies to Taylor at Monterrey. The end of the Corvette’s run came at Mier, thirty miles farther on.

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