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Castro's colony : empresario development in Texas, 1842-1865 / by Bobby D. Weaver.

By: Weaver, Bobby D. (Bobby Dearl), 1936-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1985Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 158 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0890962103; 9780890962107.Subject(s): Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846 -- Case studies | Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 -- Case studies | Land settlement -- Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies | Castro, Henri, 1786-1865 | Castroville (Tex.) -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Castro's colony.DDC classification: 976.4/04 Other classification: NP 6020 Summary: Recounts the history of Castroville, the European colony in Texas that was founded by French empresario Henri Castro in 1842.
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F390 .W37 1985 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000688663

Bibliography: p. 144-154.

Includes index.

Recounts the history of Castroville, the European colony in Texas that was founded by French empresario Henri Castro in 1842.

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Following its independence from Mexico, the Republic of Texas faced financial chaos. Believing that increased population would lead to economic growth, which in turn would stabilize the nation's financial base, leaders granted large tracts of land to private developers (``empresarios''), contingent upon their recruitment of colonists. In this monograph, which is based upon his doctoral dissertation, Weaver traces the activities of one such empresario, Henri Castro. Castro transported more than 2,000 colonists from northern Europe to Texas and managed to settle between 500 and 600 of them permanently upon his concession west of San Antonio. After examining Castro's operation, Weaver describes the colony itself, the response of the immigrants to their new environment, and the distinctive subculture that had evolved there by 1865. The book is solidly researched and contains excellent documentation, a fine discussion of sources, a complete bibliography, and an index. It will be valuable to students of immigration as well as to those interested in Texas history. Upper-division undergraduates and beyond.-M.C. Mangusso, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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