Lone Star State’s first printer could not catch any breaks

  • Bartee Haile
    Bartee Haile
On Feb. 16, 1817, a Boston teenager with a handcranked press produced the first printed words in Texas history – the long-winded manifesto of a doomed expedition. On his way to free Mexico from Spanish tyranny, Francisco Xavier Mina docked at an American port to take on provisions. He also picked up a printer for his British-made press, an adventurous 16 year old named Samuel Bangs. During a…

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