Martín de León
Tejano Empresario
7 x 9, 72 pp.
5 B&W Illustrations. 2 Maps. Glossary. Index.
Pub Date: 04/10/2007
Stars of Texas Series
  hardcover
Price:        $14.95

978-1-933337-08-1

Published by State House Press

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Martín de León

Tejano Empresario

Judy Alter
Illustrator Patrick Messsersmith

Don Martín de León was the only Tejano empresario to settle a colony in Texas, in the days before statehood. Other empresarios, such as Moses Austin and Sterling C. Robertson, were Anglos who had been drawn to Texas by the lure of land. De León established his colony in southeast Texas, near the Gulf Coast, and founded the city of Victoria. He and his four sons governed the colony.


Though Don Martín died in 1833, his sons actively supported the Texas fight for independence by giving money and goods to the Texas Volunteers. But the family suffered from a general prejudice against people of Mexican descent—they lost their land and livestock and had to leave Texas. They returned in the late 1840s, but they no longer had the immense holdings of land and cattle that Don Martín had accumulated.


In 1972, the de León family was honored with Texas state historical markers on family graves in Evergreen Cemetery in Victoria. Finally, Martín de León and his family are recognized for their loyalty to Texas, their support of the Texas Revolution, and their contributions to the Republic of Texas.


Martín de León
is the fourth title in The Stars of Texas Series, aimed at fourth graders studying for the Texas history section of the TAKS test. The other three books in the series, Henrietta King: Rancher and Philanthropist, Mirabeau B. Lamar: Second President of Texas, and Miriam "Ma" Ferguson: First Woman Governor of Texas have been chosen for the Accelerated Reader program, and Henrietta King was a Spur Award finalist. Free workbooks for all Stars of Texas Series books are available on-line.
 
 
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JUDY ALTER writes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages. In 2005, she received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Western Writers of America. Alter lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

PATRICK MESSERSMITH is a noted artist who resides in Dallas, Texas. He states, "as a native Texan, it's great to be a part of teaching the legacy of our state's heroes (who might not receive as much attention) to the younger generations."

What Readers Are Saying:

"A fascinating story of the Tejano empresario. The biography relates his successful colony, the founding of Victoria, and his family's suffering against anyone of Mexican descent after Texas Independence. The book's format has interesting items concerning Texas history in the margins plus a map of empresario colonies, a timeline of Martín's life, a glossary and further readings and websites. The book is a must for those interested in Texas history during the early 19th century."--Karen Turner, Region XIV ESC

"The best way to build up a new generation of Texas history lovers is to produce books that appeal to young readers, and the good folks at State House Press are opening that door with a wonderful new series . . .'The Stars of Texas Series' is going to be something to watch. . . . The books are fast-paced and interesting, allowing the student to quickly understand the customs and life ways of Texas history." --Texas Illustrated Magazine

"Recommended reading for grades 4-7: Good for research and clarity in presentation of ideas." --Carmen Antoine, Region XI Educational Service Center on Miriam "Ma" Ferguson:

"A fascinating story of the Tejano empresario. The biography relates his successful colony, the founding of Victoria, and his family's suffering against anyone of Mexican descent after Texas Independence. The book's format has interesting items concerning Texas history in the margins plus a map of empresario colonies, a timeline of Martín's life, a glossary and further readings and websites. The book is a must for those interested in Texas history during the early 19th century." --Karen Turner, Region XIV ESC

"A much needed text for teaching the TEKS in Texas." --Leslie Woolsey, Region XI Educational Service Center on Mirabeau B. Lamar

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