Talk:William Becknell

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Dates?[edit]

I've got nothing to do tonight, so I ... Forget that. An old Who's Who lists his dates as 1796-1865, both of which disagree with the article. Any ideas? Badbilltucker 18:32, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Huh... I googled for a bit over lunch. The Handbook of Texas link agrees with the current article, but some major online encyclopedias don't, nor does the online version of the text of historical marker that Texas put up in 1957. On the other hand, the LDS genealogy site, http://www.familysearch.org/, gives us a complete record that matches the Handbook article, as well as some other partial records that match Who's Who. And on the third hand, I saw an online page that cited the "Handbook of Texas" but had the Who's Who dates. That third hand makes me suspect that someone published bad data early on, it got widely disseminated, and the truth is chasing it, with the Handbook having had it one way then and now the other (wild-ass guess). Unless we find something authoritive that explains what's going on, I reckon we have to note both "views" on the facts. Personally, I'd take the Handbook's data, but that's a POV... studerby 21:32, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

International Trade?[edit]

This article implies that a railroad to Santa Fe built in 1880 (34 years after US conquest of New Mexico) established international trade to Mexico. I call shenanigans!Grillick (talk) 05:36, 8 April 2008 (UTC)all of this is wrong so dont read it ever again