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Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813

Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813

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Austin: University of Texas Press, 1971. First edition. xii, 206 pages 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-189). Tight, clean near fine(-) copy in a moderatel edge-worn jacket in archival mylar. Hardcover. ISBN: 029270139X; 9780292701397

Contents: Preface -- Hispanic Texas at the beginning of the nineteenth century: a survey -- Salcedo's initial year in Texas: a division of authority -- Salcedo's stewardship on the eve of the Mexican Revolution -- Social conditions in Hispanic Texas, 1808-1810 -- Impact of the Hidalgo revolt upon Hispanic Texas -- The collapse of Salcedo's rule -- Hispanic Texas after Salcedo.

"Manuel María de Salcedo was the Spanish Governor of Texas from 1808 to 1813. His tenure was marked by political unrest and conflict, both within Texas and in the broader context of the Spanish Empire. Salcedo took office during a period of significant change and upheaval. The Spanish Empire was under threat from Napoleon's invasion of Spain, and there was growing discontent in its American colonies. In Texas, Salcedo had to contend with internal disputes among the Spanish officials and growing tensions with the indigenous populations. One of the major events of Salcedo's governorship was the Casas Revolt in 1811. Juan Bautista de las Casas, a military officer, led a successful rebellion against Salcedo, taking control of San Antonio and declaring Texas independent from Spain. Salcedo was imprisoned but was freed a few months later when royalist forces loyal to Spain put down the rebellion. In 1813, Salcedo faced another rebellion, this time led by the Republican Army of the North, a group of Mexican and U.S. revolutionaries who sought to end Spanish rule in Texas. After a decisive battle near San Antonio, Salcedo was captured and executed by the rebels. Salcedo's governorship was a tumultuous period in Texas history, marked by political instability and the growing pressures for independence from Spain. ¶ [Author] Félix D. Almaráz Jr. (born 1933) is an esteemed historian specializing in the Spanish colonial period in Texas. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he has significantly contributed to the understanding of Texas' early history. Almaráz has written several important works on the subject, including "The San Antonio Missions and Their System of Land Tenure," a comprehensive study of the Spanish mission system in Texas. His research focuses on the Spanish and Mexican influences on Texas, providing valuable insights into the state's cultural and historical development. Throughout his career, Almaráz has received numerous awards for his contributions to historical scholarship, including the Presidio La Bahía Award and the Clotilde P. Garcia Tejano Book Prize." —Bing

Governors. Named Person: Salcedo, Manuel María de, 1776-1813. Salcedo, Manuel María de, 1776-1813. Time: 1800-1899 Texas -- History -- 1810-1821. Texas -- History -- To 1846. Texas. Texas -- Histoire -- Jusqu'à 1846. San Antonio, Texas. Salcedo, Manuel María de; d. 1813; Texas; History; 1810-1821

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