The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 617
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Mexico across the Rio Grande through San Antonio and Nacog-
doches on to Louisiana. Carter asked what these men were like
and to what purpose they made their journies. In answering these
questions Carter sticks close to the human interest side of the
story and keeps the focus of attention constantly on the rugged,
romantic, doers of history.
The tragic story of Ren6 Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle,
is told again with considerable detail, and of course the frantic
Spanish search for the French intruders gets full coverage. The
miraculous story of the Woman in Blue and her visits to the
'Texas Indians is told with sympathy and charm. Proper space is
given to Captain Alonso de Leon, Father Dami;in Massanet,
Governor TerAn de los Rios, and Father Francisco Hidalgo. Car-
ter, like most who have studied the period, shows special interest
in those fabulous frontiersmen Louis Juchereau de St. Denis and
his Spanish protagonist the Marquis de Aguayo. He gives the
reader a wealth of detail on the settlement of the missions, the
presidio, and the villa that became present-day San Antonio. With
special care, Carter details the problems faced by that magnificent
nobleman of the borderlands Athanase de Mezibres. One of the
earliest Americans to cross the border, Philip Nolan, and his
tarnished sponsor, General James Wilkinson, receive adequate
and fair treatment.
The Hidalgo Revolution and its consequences in Texas with
all the familiar characters such as Jose Bernardo Gutidrrez de
Lara, William Shaler, and Augustus Magee are paraded again
down the Camino Real. Then, quickly, come the Austins, the
Fredonian Rebellion, the frustrations of General Mier y Terin,
and the whole story of the resistance to Santa Anna and the events
leading to the final revolt for independence. The Texas Revolu-
tion is summarized, and the period of the republic is omitted
entirely. The book closes with a chapter on the campaigns of
General Zachary Taylor which finally secured for the Anglo-
Americans possession of the Camino Real north of the Rio
The book is not written for the few specialists in the field, for
its contribution is not in presentation of new information, rein-
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