THE STORY OF THE CHAMP D’ASILE AS TOLD BY TWO OF THE COLONISTS. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY DONALD JOSEPH AND EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY FANNIE E. RATCHFORD.
Austin: Steck-Vaughn Co., n.d. . xiv,180 pp. New introduction by Wilson M. Hudson. Green cloth with title in gilt on the spine. Facsimile reprint of the 1937 Book Club of Texas edition. Except for faint creasing to the first few pages, it is fine copy with most of the pages unopened. The darker green slipcase is also fine. Jenkins, BTB 85B: “Best contemporary account of the ill-fated colony of Napoleonic refugees in Texas. Of the four accounts by contemporaries, Thomas W. Streeter calls this one ‘an indispensable source and by far the best of the group’ ….it includes much valuable information on Texas during a period that still remains historically clouded.” These French refugees had set up a colony on the Trinity River in a futile attempt to found a Napoleonic state in the Texas wilderness. They ended their efforts by fleeing to Galveston when the Spanish started marching towards their fort. The pirate, Jean Lafitte, helped the survivors return to Louisiana. Howes H270. Rader 1807.