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Land! : Irish Pioneers in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas

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This is an account of the Irish settlers who founded Refugio and San Patricio and went on to take active roles in the economic and political development of Texas. It tells this Irish-Texan story of the search for land by looking at the experiences of the original impresarios John McMullen, James McGloin, James Power, and James Hewetson, and finishes with a description of the ranching empire of Power's nephew, Thomas O'Connor. In between it scrutinizes the marriages, commercial contracts, political alliances, and language ties that "Mexicanized" these successful entrepreneurs. Living in the heart of the war zone, some of the Irish settlers fought for independence while others remained loyal to the Mexican government that had made them citizens and gave them land. A picture of the hardships of pioneer life and the building of communities, churches and schools. It makes a case that the Irish came to Texas not as victims but as entrepreneurs and opportunists in search of land.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 161 x 245.4 x 28.7mm | 653.18g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w photographs, 5 maps, 2 tables, 4 appendices, bibliography, index
  • 1585441899
  • 9781585441891
  • 1,374,525

About Graham Davis

GRAHAM DAVIS teaches history and Irish studies at Bath Spa University College in Newton Park, England.show more

Table of contents

The Province of Texas in Newly Independent Mexico; The Context of Emigration - Prefamine Ireland; Irish Recruitment and the Settlements of San Patricio and Refugio; The Irish and the Texas Revolution, 1835-36; The Life of Pioneer Settlers in Texas; Ranching Culture and the Texas Cattle King - Thomas O'Connor of Refugio County.show more

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