“The justice and benevolence of God
will forbid that … Texas should again
become a howling wilderness
trod only by savages, or … benighted
by the ignorance and superstition,
the anarchy and rapine of Mexican misrule.
The Anglo-American race are destined to be forever the proprietors of
this land of promise and fulfillment.
Their laws will govern it,
their learning will enlighten it,
their enterprise will improve it.
Their flocks range its boundless pastures,
for them its fertile lands will yield …
a luxuriant harvest …
The wilderness of Texas has been redeemed
by Anglo-American blood & enterprise.”—
Texas senator, racist, and colonizer William H. Wharton