Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas

Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas

by Jesús F. De la Teja


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623494018
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JESÚS F. DE LA TEJA is the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Regents’ Professor of History, and the director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University. He is the author of numerous books on Texas history and a former State Historian of Texas. He resides in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 Spanish Colonial Texas 11

2 "A Fine Country with Broad Plains-The Most Beautiful in New Spain": Views of Land and Nature in Colonial San Antonio 35

3 Forgotten Founders: The Military Settlers of Eighteenth-Century San Antonio de Bexar 53

4 "To the Last Drop of Our Blood": Defending King and Empire in San Antonio 67

5 The Saltillo Fair and Its San Antonio Connections 79

6 Why Urbano and Maria Trinidad Can't Get Married: Social Relations in Late Colonial San Antonio 93

7 "Buena gana tenía de ir a jugar": The Recreational World of Early San Antonio, Texas, 1718-1845 119

8 Discovering the Tejano Community in "Early" Texas 139

9 Rebellion on the Frontier 161

10 The Colonization and Independence of Texas: A Tejano Perspective 181

Bibliographic Essay 199

Index 215


The Texas history market will be the primary focus for this book, but because of the subject it may attract additional attention from scholars and readers studying Mexican American history more broadly.  

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