De LeÃƒÂ³n, a Tejano Family History
AUTHOR: Crimm, Ana Carolina Castillo
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
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La familia de Le#65533;n was one of the foundation stones on which Texas was built. Mart#65533;n de Le#65533;n and his wife Patricia de la Garza left a comfortable life in Mexico for the hardships and uncertainties of the Texas frontier in 1801. Together, they established family ranches in South Texas and, in 1824, the town of Victoria and the de Le#65533;n colony on the Guadalupe River (along with Stephen F. Austin's colony, the only completely successful colonization effort in Texas). They and their descendents survived and prospered under four governments, as the society in which they lived evolved from autocratic to republican and the economy from which they drew their livelihood changed from one of mercantile control to one characterized by capitalistic investments.
Combining the storytelling flair of a novelist with a scholar's concern for the facts, Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm here recounts the history of three generations of the de Le#65533;n family. She follows Mart#65533;n and Patricia from their beginnings in Mexico through the establishment of the family ranches in Texas and the founding of the de Le#65533;n colony and the town of Victoria. Then she details how, after Mart#65533;n's death in 1834, Patricia and her children endured the Texas Revolution, exile in New Orleans and Mexico, expropriation of their lands, and, after returning to Texas, years of legal battles to regain their property. Representative of the experiences of many Tejanos whose stories have yet to be written, the history of the de Le#65533;n family is the story of the Tejano settlers of Texas.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2/1/2004
CATEGORY: Biography & Autobiography, History