The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ganized with its own municipal government. The land company
was dissolved, but Carter and his associates continued as leaders
of the community. It was during these years that the fine old
Victorian mansions were erected along Heights Boulevard which
became the center of social activity now faithfully recorded in
every detail. The suburban municipality was soon brought within
the sphere of activity carried on with Houston as its center. Then
separate existence for the Heights was brought to an end by an-
nexation to Houston in February, 1918.
There are more than twenty-six pages of photographs showing
various industries, stores, schools, churches, residences, social
clubs, and community leaders associated with the Heights. This
small volume will be of considerable interest to the older resi-
dents of the Heights. They are sure to give Sister Agatha's effort
their enthusiastic approval. CHARLES A. BACARISSE
University of Houston
Escape from Reconstruction. By W. C. Nunn, Fort Worth (Leo
Potishman Foundation), 1956. Pp. xv+ 140. $2.50.
In this brief but informative narrative, Professor Nunn gives
an excellent description of the abortive attempt to set up a Con-
federate colony in Mexico after the Civil War. As their dreams
of an independent nation disintegrated in early 1865, many prom-
inent Southerners determined upon a policy of flight in prefer-
ence to submission. In Mexico, the puppet Emperor Maximilian,
hoping to attract these men, issued a proclamation opening all
Mexico to immigration and colonization. As an added induce-
ment, prospective settlers were promised bona fide land titles,
freedom of worship, freedom from taxation for one year and
from military service for five years, and the privilege of bring-
ing their own laborers with them. Three types of land were of-
fered to the colonists: improved public lands selling at one dollar
per acre, unimproved parts of the public domain which were
usually given away, and certain portions of private estates which
were voluntarily placed on sale at moderate prices.
Such tempting bait proved very effective and through Mata-
moros, Laredo, and Eagle Pass filtered Southerners of all descrip-
tions and for a variety of reasons. Some were congenitally unable

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/. Accessed July 28, 2014.