On October 14, 2015, Dr. Rick McCaslin discussed the regulation of the presidios in Texas after the Marqués de Rubí's inspection of the territory.
Dr. Crimm discusses the experiences of Bernardo de Galvez, the outcome of the Louisiana Purchase, and the governance of Louisiana by Spain.
Winegarten takes questions from the audience after her webinar presentation on Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby.
Dr. De la Teja discusses Mission San Jose in Texas. Missions faced many challenges due to the fact that Texas was essentially "beyond the frontier"of Spanish authority in the 18th Century.
Dr. McCaslin sets the stage to discuss the Spanish Empire and the Marqués de Rubí's task to inspect and make recommendations to the King about Spain's northern territory in Texas and across the southwest in the 18th century.
Dr. Crimm takes live questions and answers after her talk on November 2, 2015 on Bernardo de Galvez. She discusses his treks to the Pacific, how he funded and smuggled supplies to the Americans during the Revolutionary War, the legacy of Galvez in Mexico and the first cattle drive from Texas to Louisiana.
Dr. Crimm discusses the military experiences of Galvez, who as a young lieutenant was assigned to Chihuahua. He was charged with defeating the Apache in this desolate region and inspired his men to bravery. Galvez learned the meaning of command in Mexico. He also met and defeated the Apache, taking many captive. Back in Chihuahua, instead of punishing them, Galvez learned their language and spoke to them. He appreciated and understood that they were only defending their land. He wrote a book on how to deal with the Apache, and it gets back to the King of Spain.
Dr. Crimm discusses Patricia de Leon's life. Patricia donates her entire dowry to her husband to purchase land for what becomes the de Leon colony in Texas at the beginning of the 19th century. She gives birth to ten children who live through Mexican Independence in Mexico and Texas. The family returns to live in Mexico during the time of the Battle of Medina in Texas, which was devastating for many families and thousands of revolutionaries who were killed for challenging the King of Spain. The de Leon's returned to Texas in 1818. In 1821, Mexico gained its independence from Spain.
Dr. Crimm discusses the politics in the de Leon colony (Victoria Colony). In 1824, Martin and Patricia de Leon, who had 10 children, set out to establish a colony in Texas. The location of the colony created political issues and discord, as it was surrounded by the colonies of Austin, DeWitt, and many other Anglo settlers. Martin's son, Fernando, become the land commissioner and was in charge of assigning land to settlers. Fernando ran into problems with the Austin Colony and, in fact, was thrown in jail at one point by Stephen F. Austin for unknown reasons.
Debra Winegarten. sociologist, lecturer and author of the biography "Oveta Culp Hobby - Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist," sits down to discuss Oveta's unique story and impact on Texas and the U.S. during WWII. Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women’s army from scratch—and did. Hobby became Director of the Women’s Army Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel.