By Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm
La familia de León was once one of many origin stones on which Texas used to be equipped. Martín de León and his spouse Patricia de los angeles Garza left a comfy existence in Mexico for the hardships and uncertainties of the Texas frontier in 1801. jointly, they verified kin ranches in South Texas and, in 1824, town of Victoria and the de León colony at the Guadalupe River (along with Stephen F. Austin's colony, the one thoroughly profitable colonization attempt in Texas). They and their descendents survived and prospered lower than 4 governments, because the society during which they lived advanced from autocratic to republican and the financial system from which they drew their livelihood replaced from one among mercantile keep an eye on to 1 characterised by way of capitalistic investments.
Combining the storytelling aptitude of a novelist with a scholar's trouble for the evidence, Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm the following recounts the historical past of 3 generations of the de León relations. She follows Martín and Patricia from their beginnings in Mexico in the course of the institution of the kin ranches in Texas and the founding of the de León colony and town of Victoria. Then she information how, after Martín's dying in 1834, Patricia and her young ones continued the Texas Revolution, exile in New Orleans and Mexico, expropriation in their lands, and, after returning to Texas, years of felony battles to regain their estate. consultant of the stories of many Tejanos whose tales haven't begun to be written, the background of the de León kin is the tale of the Tejano settlers of Texas.
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