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Walking to Freedom

Walking to Mexico was an option many fugitives from the Deep South chose. "Runaways were constantly arriving here [Mexico]; two had got over, as I had previously been informed, the night before. He could not guess how many came in a year, but he could count forty, that he had known of, in the last three months. At other points, further down the river, a great many more came than here. He supposed a good many got lost and starved to death, or were killed on the way, between the settlements and the river. Most of them brought with them money, which they had earned and hoarded for the purpose, or some small articles which they had stolen from their masters." Frederick Law Olmsted, A Journey Through Texas - Or, a Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier (New York: Mason Brothers, 1859)

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