The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

cheap, and the fatherland was too far removed to supply pastors
and teachers to the communities in Texas. Nevertheless, church
and school served as strong bonds of union.
Topics concerning the Wends in Texas developed by the author
are the spread of the Wends from their first settlement in what
is now Lee County to other parts of the State, an estimate of
the total population of Wendish origin (7,000), and the place
occupied by the Wend in the economic life of the community.
Most interesting is the author's account of how and why the
Wends in Texas were Germanized before they became American-
ized. While tracing these changes among the Wends in Texas,
the author brings to the reader's attention changes not altogether
dissimilar that were taking place among the Wends in Germany
and in Australia. The author has set a high mark of excellence
in this study of one of the lesser colonies of European origin in
Texas.
E. W. W.
Castro-Ville and Henry Castro, Empresario. By Julia Nott
Waugh. Standard Printing Company, San Antonio, 1934.
108 p., illus.
"Castroville is a French town with a German flavor growing
out of Texas soil." "Henry Castro expended . .. nearly
twenty years of his life, and a fortune . . . estimated at
$100,000; he brought to Texas . .. 2,134 souls. . . .
He fathered four villages, Castroville, D'Hanis, Quihi and
Vandenburg. To his tireless persistence is due 'the French
colony in Texas,' and the first permanent settlement between San
Antonio and the Rio Grande." Castroville was founded in Sep-
tember, 1844; Henry Castro died in Monterey in 1864.
There are two stories in this book--first, that of the empre-
sario, the other of his colonists. The author has made a close
study of Castro, the empresario, and the reader is given definite
information about how he obtained his contract, how he enlisted
colonists, what obstacles were encountered, and how the heavy
expense incurred placed him in the hands of his creditors, to
whom went much of the reward he had worked for. Castro's ex-
perience is much like that of his predecessor Stephen F. Austin

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