By the early 1820s, the Mexican War of Independence had subsided, and some 600 to 700 families had settled in Texas—most of them from the United States. Because there was no regular army to protect the citizens against attacks by Native Americans and bandits, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin organized small, informal armed groups whose duties required them to range over the countryside, and who thus came to be known as "rangers". However, it was not until 1835 that the Texas Rangers were formally constituted. Our badges of the Old West collection replicates surviving examples in detail and features cast metal construction with solid mounted spring pins. Great for the Western re-enactor, collector of Western memorabilia or decor.
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