Titel: The French in Texas
History, Migration, Culture.
14 color and 61 b&w illus. , 7 tables.
University of Texas Press
1. April 2003 - kartoniert - 360 Seiten
The flag of France is one of the six flags that have flown over Texas, but all that many people know about the French presence in Texas is the ill-fated explorer Cavelier de La Salle, fabled pirate Jean Laffite, or Cajun music and food. Yet the French have made lasting contributions to Texas history and culture that deserve to be widely known and appreciated. In this book, Francois Lagarde and thirteen other experts present original articles that explore the French presence and influence on Texas history, arts, education, religion, and business from the arrival of La Salle in 1685 to 2002. Each article covers an important figure or event in the France-Texas story. The historical articles thoroughly investigate early French colonists and explorers, the French pirates and privateers, the Bonapartists of Champ-d'Asile, the French at the Alamo, Dubois de Saligny and French recognition of the Republic of Texas, the nineteenth-century utopists of Icaria and Reunion, and the French Catholic missions. Other articles deal with French immigration in Texas, including the founding of Castroville, Cajuns in Texas, and the French economic presence in Texas today (the first such study ever published). The remaining articles look at painters Theodore and Marie Gentilz, sculptor Raoul Josset, French architecture in Texas, French travelers from Theodore Pavie to Simone de Beauvoir who have written on Texas, and the French heritage in Texas education. More than seventy color and black-and-white illustrations complement the text.
Introduction, Francois Lagarde 1. The Wreck of Ships and Dreams: A New Look at the Explorer La Salle, Robert S. Weddle 2. Exploring the Texas Coast: Bellisle, Beranger, and La Harpe, 1719-1721, Robert S. Weddle and Patricia R. Lemee 3. Ambivalent Successes and Successful Failures: St. Denis, Aguayo, and Juan Rodriguez, Patricia R. Lemee 4. Athanase de Mezieres and the French in Texas, 1750-1803, F. Todd Smith 5. French Pirates and Privateers in Texas, R. Dale Olson 6. Champ d'Asile, Texas, Betje Black Klier 7. Heroes, Villains, Merchants, and Priests: The Alamo's Frenchmen, Betje Black Klier 8. Diplomacy, Commerce, and Colonization: Saligny and the Republic, Francois Lagarde 9. Grounds for Emigration: Alsace at the Time of Henri Castro, Janine Erny 10. Henri Castro and Castroville: Alsatian History and Heritage, Wayne M. Ahr 11. French Catholic Missions: Propagation and Enterprise, Francois Lagarde 12. Birth, Stock, and Work: French Immigration in Texas, Francois Lagarde 13. French Artists in Texas, Martha Utterback 14. Eugenie Lavender, nee Aubanel: A Romantic on the Frontier, Martha Utterback 15. Building Utopia in the Promised Land: Icarians and Fourierists in Texas, Jonathan Beecher 16. Is There French Architecture in Texas? Richard Cleary 17. The Enduring Legacy of the French to Education in Texas, Ann Marie Caldwell 18. French Travelers in Texas: Identity, Myth, and Meaning from Joutel to Butor, Alexandra Wettlaufer 19. "Grand Texas": The Cajun Migration to Texas, Carl Brasseaux 20. Raoul Josset and the Texas Centennial, Francois Lagarde 21. Global Culture: French Economic Presence in Texas, Summer 2001, Francois Lagarde 22. Epilogue, Francois Lagarde Selected Bibliography; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Index
"This book ranks as the best overall study of the French experience in Texas ever assembled. It will be useful to both specialists and general readers curious about the many French accomplishments and failures in Texas." Jack Jackson, editor of Texas by Teran: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Teran on His 1828 Inspection of Texas