By the first third of the 1600s, Texas was a virtual blank when it came to serious Spanish Initiatives. Spain had no reason to explore beyond the Rio Grande. Later when it appeared that other countries might prize this unique land, the Spaniards vowed not to give it up without a fight This book is a preview of a major history of Texas forthcoming from the author Stephen Harrigan. This “short” begins with prehistoric times and continues a summary of Texas history up to the early 17th century. 5 x 7 size.