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The drawings and watercolors on this site were created by James Gilchrist Benton, Edward Everett, and Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge and together provide an invaluable record of the vast unknown region that was in the process of becoming the state of Texas. These works show that even in 1850, the young state was still very much a frontier, defended by a line of forts stretching from the Red River to the Rio Grande.
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