From Martin to Despallier: The Story of a French Colonial Family

From Martin to Despallier: The Story of a French Colonial Family

by Rasmus Dahlqvist


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On February 25, 1836, just one day after sending his famous "Victory or Death" letter, Colonel William B. Travis sent another letter from the Alamo. He wrote to Major-General Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army, citing his men for bravery. He wrote: "Charles Despallier and Robert Brown gallantly sallied out and set fire to houses which afforded the enemy shelter, in the face of the enemy fire." Until now, young Charles remained but a name in the list of the Immortal 32.

This book takes you on a journey through 400 years of colonization, revolutions, and secret treaties. Starting off as clerks, colonists, and military men, the Martins from France changed their last name. Now known as Despallier, they became rebels and U.S. frontiersmen, while their relatives in France made it to the ranks of consuls and, eventually, generals.

Charles never visited France, nor did his father Bernard ever see the shores of his ancestors' native land, the ancient region of Normandy. Dahlqvist's book tells the incredible story of men making careers in the Royal Navy and Army, in politics, and in justice. These men influenced history in colonial Haiti, in French and Spanish Louisiana, and, last but not least, in Texas. It is the most elaborately illustrated work describing the full and detailed family history of one of the men who died at the Alamo: Charles Despallier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493603251
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

After his art studies in Antwerp, Belgium, Dahlqvist worked over the years for companies of a highly different nature: design, promotion, translation, DTP, IT, and shipping. The countless trips Dahlqvist embarks on also form a great source to describe all kinds of situations and environments. These experiences create a source of information that is intertwined in his novels, published in both Dutch and Swedish. Another side of Dahlqvist is his interest in the past, delving into research for historical books. In his novels and short stories, Dahlqvist mixes reality, fiction, and memories, but his historical books keep to the facts. Dahlqvists' English non-fiction book "From Martin to Despallier" is the result of fifteen years of fact-finding and data compiling. Researching archives in various countries around the globe, Dahlqvist has now finished this most comprehensive work.

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