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    The German settlement in Texas

    [Johann Heinrich] [Siegfried Schultz]: Die deutsche Ansiedelung in Texas. Besonderer Abdruck einer Reihe das Unternehmen des Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas besprechender Artikel aus dem Rheinischen Beobachter. Translated title: The German Settlement in Texas. Special printing on the business organization of the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas as discussed in articles from the Rhine Observer. (Bonn: printed by Friedrich Encke.) [On verso of title:] Druck von Carl Georgi in Bonn. 1845. First edition. 60 pp. Octavo. Printed paper wrappers.

    The Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas (Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas) was organized on April 20, 1842, by twenty-one German noblemen at Biebrich on the Rhine, near Mainz. Also known as the Mainzer Verein, the Society wished to establish a new Germany on Texas soil by means of an organized mass emigration.

    The society's goals were both philanthropic and commercial, and included economic relief of the German proletariat by the direction of emigration to Texas and the establishment of German settlements in Texas, which would supply markets abroad for German industry and promote the development of German maritime commerce.

    Referencing a series of articles in Rheinischen Beobachter [The Rhine Observer] (published around May and June, 1845), Schultz defends against the accusation that the Texas colony was a scheme to enrich the German noblemen that founded it. He tells of some of the services performed for emigrants by the Society, comments that danger from Indians is slight, and says that a German colony in Texas without political ties to the homeland would be of great commercial value to Germany. Red cloth buckram covers with significant wear to spine; housed in a contemporary red cloth case. Extremely rare. Only two known copies. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1607. Howes S205. Raines, p. 182. Sabin 78005. Not in the Eberstadt Texas Collection or Vandale Texianameter.


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