These works continue the trend of excellent new scholarship on Spanish and Mexican Texas. The biographical sketches in Notable Men and Women span the entire panorama from earliest contacts to the wars for independence. The figures included were pathfinders, colonizers, administrators, soldiers, missionaries and entrepreneurs, or frequently they combined a variety of these roles. The broad chronological and subject scope of this work makes it nothing less than a retelling of the story of Spanish Texas, with emphasis on individual contributions. In all there are 15 relatively brief profiles averaging about 17 pages in length. The focus is clearly on Texas experiences, but enough is provided on family, educational, and professional background to bring each one to life.

Although the profiles by no means adopt a heroic motif, collectively they demonstrate a remarkable pattern of dedication, patriotism, courage, and tenacity. Thus, this book...

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