The Story of Early French Texans
La Salle was the first Frenchman to place feet on Texas. He wanted to create a colony on the Mississippi River, and left France. He misread a map, and landed at Matagorda Bay in 1685 rather then going to the Mississippi. He lost all of his ships and supplies during a storm, but he still managed to create Fort St. Louis on Garcitas Creek. The colony only lasted 2 years. General Charles Lallemand was of the first French settlers, and started the illegal military colony of Champ d'Asile( Field of Asylum), in 1818, with 150 French veterans. They came to Galveston, which was owned by French pirate Jean Lafitte, and then traveled the Trinity River to an area close to present day Liberty. Henri Castro was one of the empressarios for Texas, and also the most successful. He had settled 485 families and 457 single men in the towns of Castroville, Quihi, Vandenburg, and D'Hanis.
Did you know there is a Victor Hugo Street in every town in France?
It is illegal to name a pig Napoleon in France!!!
France has the highest number of Ski Resorts!
Gustave Eiffel and Auguste Bartholdi created the Statue of Liberty for the US!
France produces over 400 TYPES OF CHEESE EVERY YEAR!!!
The French had an early version of the internet called Minitel, where as long as 1984, they could pay bills and shop at home using the Minitel service!
How did the French affect Texas?
Is Texas better off with Immigration?
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"FRENCH." Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.
"French Texans." French Texans. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.