The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 280
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
September 16, 1819. After attending the elementary schools at
home, he received thorough training in a school of commerce, for
even as early as the beginning of the nineteenth century Germany
maintained well-equipped vocational schools, and young men were
carefully trained for the work they chose to do in the business
In 1845, when political conditions in the German states were
so unsettled, Bracht emigrated to Texas, which held out many in-
ducements to liberty-loving and enterprising persons. From the
German Consulate at Galveston, where he landed June 17, 1845,
he writes on the nineteenth of that month back to the Fatherland
After a journey favored by the finest kind of weather, I arrived
here with a number of other emigrants, of whom about one hun-
dred and twenty are being shipped to-day in a trim schooner to
Indian Point on La Vaca Bay to join the colony of the [Mainzer]
Verein. I might say that we arrived safe and sound if a few
women and a very small child, suffering with consumption, had
not come aboard our ship. Their conditions, of course, were not
improved by the trip.
We left the Downs at Deal, on the fourth or fifth of May,
spent several days in the Channel, and arrived at the western
end of Hayti on June 6; the following day, at dawn, we passed
the eastern point of Cuba and sailed through the Windward Pas-
sage; we passed the headlands of San Antonio on the eleventh,
and shaped our course towards the northwest. In the afternoon
of the sixteenth I espied from the masthead Galveston Island
and Bolivar Point. In the evening we rode at anchor in the
open sea fronting the bay near the American squadron. Unfor-
tunately, we had very little wind on the entire voyage, and had
to leave the Azores far to the northwest before we encountered
the east trade winds, which carried us through. . .
When we had entered the bay, during the afternoon of the sev-
enteenth, Mr. Klaener came on board and took me to the Tre-
mont Hotel, the finest, best, and most patronized hotel I have ever
visited. Neither has any other place pleased me quite as much
as has Galveston, which is said to have over four thousand in-
habitants . .
He continues to give his impression of Galveston and what he
has heard of the interior of the country. Especially is his further
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