UNT professor Andrew Torget explores Texas' beginnings in new book

Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands book coverAssistant professor of history Andrew Torget's Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press) has won praise from Texas Monthly and major awards from groups such as the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas State Historical Association.

The book examines how cotton brought settlers and slaves into Texas, transforming it from land controlled by the Comanches to a Mexican province, an independent republic and a state within 50 years.

"The power of cotton and slavery completely remade the U.S.-Mexico border," Torget says, "and we are living with the consequences today."