Travel in Texas
El Camino Real para los Texas
(The Royal Road to Texas)
The Spanish road, El Camino Real ("The King's Highway"), began as faint Indian trails. The road were used by hostile Indians, travellers, pack-trains, and mail-carriers, among others.
Rates of Travel
Wagon Train: 15 Miles Per Day
Person Walking: 36 Miles Per Day
Horse & Rider: 70 Miles Per Day
Overland Stage: 110 Miles Per Day
Hirsh, S.A. From the United States its History and Neighbors. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: 1988)
What do you think travel on the road was like?
Whose point of view are you answering from?
If you were travelling from the current city of Piedras Negras, Mexico to San Antonio, Texas, a distance of approximately 142 miles, how long would it take you to get there by wagon? Walking? On horseback? On an overland stage?
How long would it take you to travel from San Antonio, Texas to Bryan, Texas, 165 miles by wagon? Walking? Horseback? Stagecoach?
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