Juan Seguin

Juan Seguin

by William R. Chemerka, Don Collins
     
 


Despite having been forced to flee to Mexico and die in obscurity, Tejano Juan Seguin is now recognized as a Texas hero. From his family's early support of settlers such as Stephen F. Austin to his years in the Texas Senate and as mayor of Bexar, this biography celebrates the life of Juan Seguin and his heroic efforts in securing Texas's independence. When the… See more details below

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Despite having been forced to flee to Mexico and die in obscurity, Tejano Juan Seguin is now recognized as a Texas hero. From his family's early support of settlers such as Stephen F. Austin to his years in the Texas Senate and as mayor of Bexar, this biography celebrates the life of Juan Seguin and his heroic efforts in securing Texas's independence. When the fight for a separate state began, Juan recruited a company of Mexican ranchers and joined the Texans in battle. Despite having ultimately risen to lieutenant colonel after the Battle of San Jacinto and his three-term service in the Texas Senate, American newcomers to San Antonio-who held themselves above the native families-branded him a Mexican sympathizer and, fearing for his life, he fled to Mexico. This complete biography not only tells of an extraordinary Texas hero, but also inspires children to go beyond societal expectations to fight for their beliefs.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—This biography provides information for reports and discusses the historical contributions of a well-known figure. Readers will learn that Juan Seguín was a leader in the government and military, and that he was involved in many dangerous and brave missions including defending the Alamo against Santa Ana's forces. For a time, he was not welcome in Texas or Mexico and was branded a traitor. He was put in prison; to acquire his release, he made a deal with General Woll to fight against Texas to acquire land. After many years, he was able to return to Texas and wrote a personal memoir to help people understand why he fought on the side of Mexico. Full-page black-and-white illustrations appear throughout. Interest in this book would be mainly from Texas schools and libraries.—Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933979793
Publisher:
Bright Sky Press
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Series:
Texas Heroes For Young Readers Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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