On Feb. 16, 1817, a Boston teenager with a hand-cranked 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.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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