Texas history does not start with the battle of the Alamo and this book is unquestionable proof of that fact. Gallant Outcasts Texas Turmoil 1519 – 1734 is a page turner book of the first explorations into Texas and the first efforts by the Spanish crown to settle what is now and what we know to be Texas.
During the 36th Annual Texas State Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference I had the honor of meeting Mickey Margot Garcia in person. She is the author of the book “Marriages of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico: 1689-1822“. We were talking about books and she highly recommended that I read Gallant Outcasts. She stated that is was an awesome book that has long been overlooked by Texas Historians. She also stated that it was a book about some guys from Coahuila and their efforts to settle Texas. It happened to be that George Farias from Border Lands Book Store was there selling books and he happened to have a copy. I bought the book for $45.00.
I honestly did not think that I was going to get anything out of this book but I bought it for two reasons. First it was recommended by Mickey Garcia. Second it was about Texas and I do talk about South Texas.
Let me tell you, I am super glad that I bought this book. This book happens to be about my 10th great grand father Alonso de Leon whom was commissioned as Governor of Coahuila and had the job of finding the French settlement of La Salle. It talked about his first expedition along the San Juan River to the Rio Grande. Then the book goes on to detail his second expedition to Texas where he finds the French fort in Bahia del Espiritu Santo and how he saved several French from the Indians. Not to mention the arrest of John Henry the White King.
What I really loved about the book was that it was very well researched and documented. At the end of every chapter the author lists all the citations used. Thus providing the reader and researcher with additional clues as to where to find additional information. Also this books provides a glimpse to Texas history that you did not learn in History class. It highlights the contributions of the Spanish and how the French were a great motive for the settlement of Texas and the struggles they had in achieving this. The accounts of the Native Americans and the interaction with the Spanish is amazing.
I guess i’ll cut it right here since I do not want to spoil this book for you. If you have Alonso de Leon in your family tree make sure to get a copy of this book.
Cover of Book: Gallant Outcasts Texas Turmoil 1519 – 1734
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Table of Contents:
Here is the table of contents of this book so that you may know exactly what it contains.
The Conquerors Pg. 1
New Frontiers Pg. 7
Missiona nd Presidio Pg. 17
The Abominable Men Pg. 28
The Trail Blazers Pg. 34
Stone Nostrils Country Pg. 44
The Expendables Pg. 54
Manhunt Pg. 68
The White King Pg. 81
River of Death Pg. 91
Province of Texas Pg. 109
Only The Brave Pg. 124
By The Sword Pg. 139
Villa de Bexar Pg. 160
Mission Glory Pg. 170
Diary Kept by The Missionary Fathers Pg. 188
Texas Year 1690 Pg. 208
Bibliography Pg. 220
Index Pg. 226
About the Author:
This is what was printed on the back of the 1963 edition.
Ben Cuellar Jr., native son of Texas is a descendant of Antonio Ximenes, one of the first Spaniards to come into Texas: a great-grandson of Don Juan Ximenes, a soldier under Ben Milam: and a relative of Don Damasio Ximenes who died in the Alamo. The Ximenes name looms large in Texas Revolution.
Mt. Cuellar is a past member of the Texas State Historical Association and of the american Institute for Design and Drafting. He now resides with his wife, Pauline in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he is retired 29 years employee of the Phillips Petroleum Company.
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I hope that you find this book useful and informative as I have. Please let me know in the comment area of what you thought about this book.