The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 530
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Marie Charles Fourier as translated into attempted reality by
Victor Prosper Considerant. He sells stock in the "European
American Society of Colonization," transports his French, Bel-
gians, and Swiss from Antwerp to Galveston, and hauls and walks
them over the long miles to John Neely Bryan's cabin on the
Trinity. The young men ". . . wearing the old French costumes,
long, black smocks, berets, and wooden shoes, with weeks' old
black beards, shouting, and singing La Marseillaise" must have
made an impression upon the staid early citizens of Dallas similar
to that experienced today when invaders north of the Red River
swarm in on Texas-Oklahoma football day.
Life in the early colony, crop failures, weather far different
from that of la belle France, bickering, failure, and dissolution
are briefly discussed by Santerre. Also included are chapters on
the colony during the Civil War, the colony cemetery, a sum-
mary of Considerant's Au Texas, and testimonial biographies of
leading members of the colony.
Santerre loves the Chalk Hill area. "This," he says, "was the
month of May, and in every direction the valley was green with
sweet-scented wildflowers, the tree-covered hillsides in the dis-
tance transferred the landscape into a virtual fairyland; the wide
river flowed lazily to the south."
If this is not the way you see West Dallas, then you are not a
true Texan. For further proof read Considerant as quoted by
It is the best and most invigorating climate to be found anywhere.
Texas has the skies of Nice, the sunshine of Italy, and the warmth
of tropical countries. It is magnificent beyond my fondest dreams.
... Even in Trinity Territory winter is only fifteen or thirty days
duration. Even the mosquitoes are not to be found here.
Embark with me to this new paradise.
Upon closer inspection, the "paradise" was found to contain
some thistles. With their experiment conceived in socialism the
Frenchmen helped to build a tremendous city which floats
high above its financial battlements of today the flag of rugged
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