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Before Texas was Texas, it was a lot of things to a lot of different people. Comanche, Choctaw, French, Spanish, Mexican and more laid claim to Texas soil as their own, and no one wanted to share. The fights and alliances that arose out of the colonization of Texas shaped the state's future. Find out all about the beginning of the state and the colonists who helped pave the way for the Texas we now know. Saddle up with Betsy and George Christian for an interactive, fun chapter in Texas history for kids that challenges them to ask questions about the history they're told and the world in which they live.
About the Author
Betsy Christian is a writer, consultant and public relations professional living in Austin, Texas. Her writing has been mentioned in USA Today and The Irish Independent. She is a member of the Docents of the Governor's Mansion, the former executive director of the Keep Texas Beautiful Network and has worked with Preservation Austin's Inherit Austin. George Christian, PhD is a sixth-generation Texan who teaches at the University of Texas. Additionally he is a practicing political consultant, lawyer and member of the Friends of Washington on the Brazos. He is the President of the Texas Civil Justice League and is the recipient of a 2009 Teaching Award from the University of Texas. Chris A. Gruszka is an artist and illustrator with SeeGru Ink and Animation. H.W. Brands is an historian and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of 25 books, and his 2008 book TRAITOR TO HIS CLASS was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009.