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 Who was Samuel Maverick?

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PostSubject: Who was Samuel Maverick?   Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:55 am

Sam Maverick was a Texas landholder from the mid 1830's through the 1850's. He was also an attorney, a Texas legislator, and an Indian fighter who liked to massacre the Penetaka Comanche. He often traveled to New Orleans, and had business dealings with merchants, both landholders and ship owners.

He also ran cattle on his land. He didn't brand them. He said it was because he didn't want to cause them pain. His detractors said it allowed him to confiscate unbranded strays and claim them as his. True or not, it was a habit of ranchers in the area to gather unbranded calves and brand them as their own. The habit was so strong, and so connected to those unbranded cattle of Sam's that pretty soon, any unbranded calf was called a maverick, and not long after that, the term was applied to humans who wandered and had no loyalties to anyone other than themselves.

Daniel Redstone was such a maverick, and he mysteriously built his own herd of cattle, legally, without actually paying for them. He, too, eventually earned a law degree, and used it to fight men like Samuel Maverick, who greedily controlled more land than they could possibly need, and had little feeling for the common people, the mestizos, or the natives, or even for the old Spanish landholders who had been there since the 18th century, like Don Tomas de Pineda, who would become his business partner and father-in-law.

I guess you could call him (Redstone, not Maverick) a kind of Robin Hood. Hmm.

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PostSubject: Re: Who was Samuel Maverick?   Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:08 pm

Interesting tidbit.
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PostSubject: Re: Who was Samuel Maverick?   Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:04 pm

Interesting Ann.
It reminds me that Texas, New Mexico and other areas like southern California once belonged to Mexico. When the mexicans come north for work, perhaps they feel at home.
Confiscating land or annexation. The democratic way.
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