Germans And Texans

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During the brief history of the Republic of Texas (1836-1845), over 10,000 Germans emigrated to Texas. Perhaps best remembered today are the farmers who settled the Texas Hill Country, yet many of the German immigrants were merchants and businesspeople who helped make Galveston a thriving international port and Houston an early Texas business center. This book tells their story.

Drawing on extensive research on both sides of the Atlantic, Walter Struve explores the conditions ...

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Overview

During the brief history of the Republic of Texas (1836-1845), over 10,000 Germans emigrated to Texas. Perhaps best remembered today are the farmers who settled the Texas Hill Country, yet many of the German immigrants were merchants and businesspeople who helped make Galveston a thriving international port and Houston an early Texas business center. This book tells their story.

Drawing on extensive research on both sides of the Atlantic, Walter Struve explores the conditions that led nineteenth-century Europeans to establish themselves on the North American frontier. In particular, he traces the similarity in social, economic, and cultural conditions in Germany and the Republic of Texas and shows how these similarities encouraged German emigration and allowed some immigrants to prosper in their new home. Particularly interesting is the translation of a collection of letters from Charles Giesecke to his brother in Germany which provide insight into the business and familial concerns of a German merchant and farmer.

This wealth of information illuminates previously neglected aspects of intercontinental migration in the nineteenth century. The book will be important reading for a wide public and scholarly audience.

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What People Are Saying

Leo Schelbert
A painstaking, unique, and interpretatively astute case study of a generally overlooked immigrant group, i.e. small business- and tradespeople. . . . Genealogists are well served by the meticulous attention to genealogical detail.
Leo Schelbert
A painstaking, unique, and interpretatively astute case study of a generally overlooked immigrant group, i.e. small business- and tradespeople. . . . Genealogists are well served by the meticulous attention to genealogical detail.
Leo Schelbert, Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago
Leo Schelbert
Leo Schelbert, Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

A painstaking, unique, and interpretatively astute case study of a generally overlooked immigrant group, i.e. small business- and tradespeople. . . . Genealogists are well served by the meticulous attention to genealogical detail.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292777019
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Struve is Professor of History at the City University of New York.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Illustrations
Abbreviations
The Lure of an Heirloom: In Place of a Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 World of Origin: North Germany in the Biedermeier Era 11
1 German Patricians and Merchants in Crisis 13
2 The Homeland of the Gieseckes 17
3 Bremen and Its Hinterland 27
Pt. 2 Enmeshment: North Germany and the Americas 37
4 The Lure of Mexico, Texas, and the United States 39
5 Galveston and Its Hinterland 54
Pt. 3 World of Destination: Merchants and Immigrants in the Republic of Texas 57
6 North German Arrivals 59
7 Brazoria 67
8 The Many Worlds of the Gieseckes in Texas 79
Epilogue: Reflections on Migration 109
Appendix 1 Letters from Texas, 1844-1845: The Merchant and Farmer Charles A. Giesecke in Brazoria, Republic of Texas, to His Brother, the Merchant Friedrich Giesecke in Elze, AMT (Subdistrict) Gronau-Poppenburg, Kingdom of Hannover 117
Appendix 2 Chart of the Giesecke Family: Some Relationships among the Giesecke, Sander, Basse, and Struve Families 139
Notes 145
Glossary of Weights, Measures, and Monetary Units 197
Bibliographical Essay and Bibliography 199
Index 245
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