Brave Men of Early Texas

Edith McCall (Author) · Christopher Tice (Illustrator)

Order Code: 7855
Class sets 10 or more paperback books: $12.00 each
Class set order code: 7855S

The stories in this book feature several of the men who worked hard—and fought hard—to try to establish the land of Texas as a place where people could live happily and prosper in peace.


Texas has a storied history all its own. It has been fought over and controlled by the Spanish, the French, and the Americans, all of whom sought to establish colonies there. Later it was caught up in the political upheavals of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain. Throughout the 1500s and all the way to the first half of the nineteenth century, people tried to settle Texas and claim it as their own.

Despite the lure of Texas, the people who tried to scratch out a living there often encountered incredible strings of bad luck. Harsh weather and hostile Native Americans generally topped the list, but poor planning and navigation contributed. Many people died in the process of trying to settle Texas. It was not an endeavor for the faint of heart.

The men who are the heroes of this book did not all survive their stories, but they pushed through what were in many cases unimaginable hardships and perils to try, and that, in fact, is the very definition of bravery. Cabeza de Vaca, on behalf of Spain; Robert La Salle, on behalf of France; Moses and Stephen Austin, on behalf of the people they loved; and Sam Houston, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett, among others, on behalf of the United States—these were the brave men who made names for themselves in early Texas.

This book is also available as a series of dyslexia-friendly books. (See below.)


Adventures on the American Frontier Series
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
History, Novels
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