The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 473
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La Reunion: The French Colony in Dallas County
to this fact is to be attributed the founding of the French colony
in Dallas County. In 1832 a newspaper was started by the school
and was published until 1850 when it was suppressed. Its last
name was the Pacific Democrat and Considerant was its editor.
When Louis Napoleon was chosen president in 1848, Considerant
adhered to the Republicans and was elected to the Constituent
Assembly. In July, 1849, taking part in a Republican demonstra-
tion in favor of the Roman republic, he was forced to leave France,
and retired to Belgium.
All this time the Fourier propaganda was being preached, and
was winning converts. Converts were easy to make after the coup
d'etat of 1851 by which Napoleon became emperor. People had
not forgotten the cry of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity of the red
revolution. Considerant was devoted to the socialistic principles
of Fourier, and he thought the United States offered a splendid
field for the exploitation of those principles. Accordingly, he vis-
ited America in 1853 in order to select a site for his colony.
On reaching New York, he succeeded in interesting a Mrs.
Brisbane, a personal friend of Major Merrill of the U. S. Army,
then stationed at Fort Worth. The latter offered Considerant every
facility, and finally 12,000 acres of land were selected in Dallas
County, across the Trinity River from the town of Dallas. Con-
siderant returned to Paris, where his colonization company or-
The capital of the company was large. The conditions of the
company were that the colonists should cultivate the lands near
Dallas, pay the company 6% per annum on the capital invested,
and divide the remainder as prescribed by Fourier. The company
was to manage the affairs of the colony through a director, and
employ bookkeepers to look after the cooperative's accounts.
The company soon had as many volunteers as it wanted, all
ardent believers in the socialism of Fourier. The character of the
colonists, too, was good. They believed in Liberty, Equality,
Fraternity as cardinal principles. The French and the Belgian
colonists' rendezvous was at Antwerp, and the Swiss and Gernian
at Zurich. From these places they were to begin their journey
to Texas. Some of the different groups reached New Orleans
before the others, and at once pushed on to Dallas. They sailed
from New Orleans to Galveston; thence they proceeded to Houston
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