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A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas, 1844-1847 Reprint Edition

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Clearfield; Reprint edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806309814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806309811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This work is the answer to an increased interest in the Verein colonization in Texas, a movement that brought thousands of German immigrants into Texas from 1844 to 1847. A short history describes the beginnings of the Verein movement in Germany, its development into the largest colonization project in Texas history, and the fulfillment of its goal to create a settlement of German immigrants on the 3,800,000-acre Fisher-Miller grant and in a number of other places in Texas. Published in English for the first time are the twelve reports made by Prince Karl Solms of Braunfels, who was the leader of the expedition in Texas. These reports describe the activities of the Verein and the first phase of German colonization in Texas.

Of special interest to the descendants of these early Texas settlers is a list of over 4,000 immigrants compiled from German and Texas ship passenger lists, which provides such information as age, names of accompanying family members, place of residence in Europe, name of ship, and dates of departure and arrival. Research on the origins of Germans in Texas begins here!

See also the sequel to this book, New Homes in a New Land
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This book gave me information I have not found in other books of the Germans coming to Texas. The ship lists are not completely accurate, but then none of the others are either. Only a few of the ship lists are included, maybe this is a history of one family and most pertinent to them. The book included lots of good information however, and absent of minutia.
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As a direct descendent of the Old Lutherans who came from Prussia and environs in 1839, I have always wondered what happened to other German speaking people who did not leave because of religious persecution. So when I was in San Antonio over a year ago for a convention I discovered the settlements in that part of the world. While the 'Texas' crowd came for different reasons than the Old Lutheran, the did not fare as well as they could have. Reading this book and that of the prince who brought them over to find new land gives two perspectives of what the reality of Texas was, and when is all said and done, the Texans were so busy trying to decide their own political future that these German speaking folks became an inconvenience to be dealt with. I spoke with the author of this book as I wanted to know about someone from Texas who came to visit someone in my family in Wisconsin in the 1880s -- and understood how it was the German speakers didn't 'do so well as they should'. Apart from all the various things that happened, I laughed so hard at one story (and when I read it to non-German folks, they didn't get it). It seems that it was decided that the 4th of July would be spent at one of the numerous villages around. Unfortunately, the local pub master had order beer that arrived on the 2nd. No one to lose both pfennings and beer, he went out in the town square and fired the cannon that was only to be used if the Indians threatened to attack. When everyone came running he explained that they had to drink all this beer so it wouldn't go back while they were away. Prosit !!
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This book is one of several primary sources that are a foundation to studies of German immigration to Texas in the 19th century. It focuses on what many consider to be the first wave of German immigration to the state, and is a key, welcome addition to anyone with an interst in that or related topics. Certainly, decisions about traveling across the ocean to a strange, undeveloped land were not easy for the immigrants who made the trip or for their friends and family members who were left behind in German lands. Additional insights into that seldom-explored issue -- the effect of 19th century German emigration on the folks who stayed behind -- is explored in the book Man of Two Worlds.
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I have German ancestry that were part of this migration. Even though not mentioned by name, I know from my on information they were part of this.
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