Slavery may have started out relatively small in Texas but it grew to be big business in what is now the Lone Star state.
“The Mexican government was opposed to slavery, but even so, there were 5000 slaves in Texas by the time of the Texas Revolution in 1836. By the time of annexation a decade later, there were 30,000; by 1860, the census found 182,566 slaves — over 30 percent of the total population of the state,” according to the Texas State Library.
Now, a rare plantation building where slaves made sugar has been discovered hidden in a huge Texas subdivision. It is an antebellum sugar purgery.