A Taste of Texas

French immagration to Texas

By: Isabella Droz Period 4

The French Flag

The blue was the color of the republican army uniform just after the French revolution, white the color of French royalty and red the color of the royal army uniform before the French revolution.

Map-Homeland and Push Factors

A push factor for the French immigrants was to settle colonies in Texas such as Rene'-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle did, to start a colony for trade on the Mississippi River. But instead, ended up on the Matagorda Bay on the Texas Coast in 1685. Unfourtounetly, he lost his ships and supplies on the bay and built a settlement on Fort St. Louis on Garcitas Creek. He also was the first Frenchman to explore Texas. Another Push factor of why French came to Texas was to escape Anglo-American domination which happened after the Louisiana Purchase.

Map- Texas, Pull Factors

Some pull factors that made the French come to Texas were the French wanting to trade among the Indians and Spanish that lived in Texas. They wanted to settle colonies, trading posts on the coast and build forts. Land was plentiful with rich soil to grow a variety of vegetation, fruits and also, for cotton purposes. The French helped Texas by adding culture, education, and business into the area. They also founded churches, schools and hospitals in Texas. The French helped settle the western section of Texas after the Civil War.

French Culture Highlight

The Alsatians from the French-Alsatian Village of Castroville experienced many bad conditions during the 1800s. Together they then had built small stone houses and started a Catholic Church called St. Louis. They celebrate a festival called "St. Louis Day Festival", to celebrate and eat their favorite famous dish , Alsatian sausage with some entertainment. One of the most popular celebration the French celebrate is called "Bastille Day" which is very alike to the 4th of July (Independence Day). It celebrates people's revolution against the king and royalty in France. Another holiday they celebrate would be the Port Arthur Crawfish festival in July, when Cajuns (Acadians) come together to celebrate with pots of spicy, hot and gumbo and jambalaya, including some lively country dancing! Also, many French belong to a social club called, "L'Alliance Française".

Significant Individuals

Henri Castro (1786- 1865) was the most successful colonizer and by 1847, he had already settled 485 families including 457 single men on a land grant along the Medina River which became the town of Castroville, Quihi, Vandenburg, and D'Hanis! Jean Lafitte (1780- 1825) was a pirate and formed a pirate colony on Galveston Island with 1,000 men in 1818.But in 1820, the U.S. Government had forced him to leave Galveston and then went to Yucatán, Mexico when he later died in 1825. Father Claude Jaillet, (1843-1929) was a priest, and had come to Galveston from Lyons, France, in 1866 and then was sent by the bishop to San Diego in South Texas.He built a church in San Diego on a town plaza, but then used until a fire had destroyed it. They used donated money and labor from the townspeople to build a new church. He was a French missionary that had started schools, parishes, and hospitals in Texas!

Did You Know?

  • The French hold the fork with their left hand while eating!
  • The third largest crop grown in France was Grapes, used to make wine
  • Where did France get its name? From the Francs!
  • The largest lake i n France is the Bourget lake in the Savoie department!

Analysis - Paragraph

How has your culture group affected Texas? What evidence is there of them today?

The French coming to Texas had affected Texas by spreading the religion of Catholicism, and also by spreading their cultures, customs, traditions, and food. Evidence of them today would be the town that Henri castro settled and estableshed in, 1844 , named Castroville. They were interested in establishing econimical-motivations more than establishing cultural customs though.

Analysis - Paragraph

Is Texas better off because of immigration?

Texas did become better off because, the French immigrants came to Texas to start, build, and settle businesses, houses, schools, churches, towns, cities etc. Also they came for good land for farming, better jobs, the spread of Catholicism, and setting up trading posts too, which was what most of the French Texans actually did most. So they changed Texas in a good way by settling and growing the population too!


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