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This is an account of the Irish settlers who founded Refugio and San Patricio and went on to take active roles in the economic and political development of Texas. It tells this Irish-Texan story of the search for land by looking at the experiences of the original impresarios John McMullen, James McGloin, James Power, and James Hewetson, and finishes with a description of the ranching empire of Power's nephew, Thomas O'Connor. In between it scrutinizes the marriages, commercial contracts, political alliances, and language ties that "Mexicanized" these successful entrepreneurs. Living in the heart of the war zone, some of the Irish settlers fought for independence while others remained loyal to the Mexican government that had made them citizens and gave them land. A picture of the hardships of pioneer life and the building of communities, churches and schools. It makes a case that the Irish came to Texas not as victims but as entrepreneurs and opportunists in search of land.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781585441891
ISBN-10: 1585441899
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Graham Davis

GRAHAM DAVIS teaches history and Irish studies at Bath Spa University College in Newton Park, England.

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