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am 29. August 1999
This is a good basic history of German migration to Texas. It covers the circumstances in Germany that lead to migration, and the reasons why German immigration was organized, rather than ad hoc like many other European migrations to the New World.
German history is important to understanding Texas and Southern history. Texans of German heritage are the 4th largest group (behind Angles, Hispanics, and Africans). The remaining traces of German influence in the southern US become clearer after reading this book. In Texas, these cultures have mingled, so that some "Mexican" music owes more to Germany than Spain.
The reader should not expect a history on settlers to provide too much insight in these matters, nor does this book go on to list the accomplishments of German Americans, other than brief acknowldgments like Nimitz.
The index is sparse. If you want to look for proper names (family names or ship names), you will be disappointed. Likewise, name lists are haphazard. Some settlement rosters are given.
On the other hand, the book provides a great list of sources, and it gives good insight as the limitations of historicial sources. It details when fires destroyed records, and it provides the reasons why some records are unreliable.
The reader comes away with good idea of who these imigrants were, why they came, and how they made a new life.
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