Petra's Legacy

Petra's Legacy : The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy

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The matriarch of one of the most important families in Texas history, Petra Vela Kenedy has remained a shadowy presence in the annals of South Texas. In this biography of Petra Vela Kenedy, the authors not only tell her story but also relate the history of South Texas through a woman's perspective. Utilizing previously unpublished letters, journals, photographs, and other primary materials, the authors reveal the intimate stories of the families who for years dominated governments, land acquisition, commerce, and border politics along the Rio Grande and across the Wild Horse Desert. From Petra's early life in the landed ranchero society of northern Mexico, through her alliance with Luis Vidal - an officer in the Mexican army to whom she bore eight children - until her move to Brownsville after Vidal's death, Petra lived in Mexico. When she moved to Texas, having taken Vidal's name, she represented a link to the landed families of the region. Mifflin Kenedy, a steamboat captain who had first come to Texas during the Mexican War, married into her world, acquiring local respectability and stature when he took Petra as his wife. The story of their life together encompasses war, the taming of a frontier, the blending of cultures, the origin of a ranching empire, and the establishment of a foundation and trust that still endure today, giving millions to Texas through charitable gifts. An attractive woman of business acumen, strong religious convictions, and intense family loyalty, Petra Vela Kenedy's influence through her husband and her children left a legacy whose exploration is long more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 182.88 x 261.62 x 35.56mm | 1,224.69g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • Library and Fir.
  • 83 b&w illustrations, 4 line art illustrations, 6 maps, bibliography, index
  • 1585446149
  • 9781585446148
  • 985,506

About Jane Clements Monday

JANE CLEMENTS MONDAY is the coauthor of three previous books, including Voices from the Wild Horse Desert. A graduate of the University of Texas, she has served as chair of the Texas State University System Board of Regents and serves on the board of the Texas State Historical Association. She is also is a former president of Texas Exes and a founder of the Heritage Society. FRANCES BRANNEN VICK founded E-Heart Press and co-founded the University of North Texas Press. She serves as president of the Texas Institute of Letters and president-elect of the Texas State Historical Association. She is also a Fellow in the Texas Folklore Society. She has contributed to several books, including chapters in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails and Texas Women Writers: A Tradition of Their more

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"Petra Kenedy is . . . one of the more significant and intriguing Texas women of the nineteenth century . . . the manuscript fulfills a continuing need for more historical works on South Texas. . . . "--Paula Mitchell Marks, Associate Professor at St. Edward's University--Paula Mitchell Marks, Associate Professor at St. Edward s University"show more

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