Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas

Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas

by Jay Neugeboren


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Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas by Jay Neugeboren

The exciting tale of a young Mexican-American man who came of age during the formative years of Texas history
In 1839, José Policarpo Rodriguez came north with his father from Zaragosa, Mexico, to the Republic of Texas. Poli was ten years old when he arrived in Texas, and he and his father settled in the Hill Country near San Antonio. Poli grew up with Comanches, surveyed territory for the Republic of Texas and the United States Army, fought against warring Indians, and mapped settlements for nineteenth-century German settlers in Texas. He was the first non-Indian to discover the Big Bend Country and Cascades Caverns, and during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, he was Captain of the San Antonio Home Guard. Caught between the three main elements that made up early Texas—Mexicans, Indians, and Anglos—he struggled to decide where his true loyalties lay, and his decisions showed a kind of courage that was rare in those days. . .and is still rare today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896729056
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 660,817
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jay Neugeboren is the author of 21 books, including two prize winning novels, two prize-winning non-fiction books, and four collections of award-winning stories. His most recent novel is The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company (TTUP, 2013).  His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Penguin Modern Stories. He lives in New York City.

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