The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

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RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
Our Catholic Heritage in Texas, 1519-1936; Volume VI, Transi-
tion Period: The Fight for Freedom, 181o-1836. By Carlos
E. Castafieda. Austin (Von Boeckmann-Jones Company),
1950. Pp. xii+384. Illustrations, map.
In this volume of his monumental work Professor Castafieda
reaches the Anglo-American period of Texas history, and one
need only compare his volume with Henderson Yoakum's excel-
lent pioneer work-published, roughly, a hundred years ago-to
realize the progress that historians have made in exploring orig-
inal sources and following details of this dramatic period. Pro-
fessor Castafieda had the advantage of painstaking monographs
on almost every aspect of the dramatic story, which covers the
so-called filibustering era, the preliminary colonization project
during Spanish rule, the Austin enterprise, the Mexican coloni-
zation policies, the conflict of Anglo-American settlers with Mex-
ican authority resulting in the Texas Revolution and final inde-
pendence of Texas. To some of these topics he has made consid-
erable contributions; in all of them he has explored original
manuscript sources, checked the accuracy of previous mono-
graphs, corrected inevitable minor slips, added details, and woven
the whole story into a continuous, well-articulated narrative.
For the twenty-five years of its coverage the volume is the best
and fullest account of Texas that is yet available. For, like the
previous five volumes, this volume tells not merely the story of
the Catholic church but is a narrative history of Texas from 1810
to 1836. The final chapter of the book, however, does reconstruct
the history of the church and its servants for the period in a
comprehensive and wholly original contribution. Nothing of
the sort has ever been done before, a fact which is the more
surprising because the material for the chapter, with slight ex-
ceptions, has been drawn from the Bexar Archives and the Nac-
ogdoches Archives which have been available to students for
fifty years. Contrary to a rather common impression, some of the
Anglo-American colonists took seriously the requirement of the

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