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Hammett includes in this book numerous documents related to the
overlapping of land claims of the De Le6ns and other empresarios.
These documents give an idea of the legal difficulties involved in the
early settlement of Texas, and also point out the requirements for ob-
taining an empresario grant. In addition the book offers scholars valu-
able social data on the life of early settlers-their difficulties with the
Indians, the capture of wild horses, foods available to pioneers, types of
business transactions, prices of different articles, marriages, religious
services, pastimes, and even formulas for the curing of hides.
Don Martin died in 1833, and was buried in St. Mary's Church, which
he had erected. His son Don Fernando sided.with the rebels during the
Texas Revolution, and for this reason was arrested on several occasions
by the Mexican authorities, until finally he had to flee with his family to
New Orleans. He lived afterwards in Mexico and did not return to
Texas until 1844. By that time he found all his land occupied and his
livestock confiscated. Until his death in 1853, he was involved in inter-
minable lawsuits, seeking to reclaim his property.
Hammett's book gives a good view of the difficulties which usually
faced early pioneering families, and, despite the numerous misspellings
of Spanish names, it is a valuable contribution to the yet untold story
of the families of Spanish-Mexican origin who settled Texas.
Instituto Tecnoldgico y de
Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ISIDRO VIZCAYA-CANALES
Dream of Empire: A Human History of the Republic of Texas, 1836-
r846. By John Edward Weems. (New York: Simon and Schuster,
1971. PP. 377. Illustrations, chronology, notes, bibliography, index.
The title of this volume implies sweeping drama, served up in read-
able, entertaining style. Both promises are quite well fulfilled.
There was abundant drama in the Spanish-Mexican background of
Texas, but the brief era of its Anglo revolution and resultant republic
was entirely unique. The book's dustjacket lays claim to its being "the
first major account of this frontier state," an assertion which might well
be contested. However, Weems does utilize a new and interesting ap-
The story is presented in narrative style, through the eyes of twelve
actively involved if relatively secondary participants: Dr. Joseph H.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed April 18, 2015.