by Donald E. Chipman and Harriett Denise Joseph
University of Texas Press, 2001
Paper: 978-0-292-71231-7 | eISBN: 978-0-292-73209-4
Library of Congress Classification F389.C438 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 920.0764


In Notable Men and Women of Spanish Texas, Donald Chipman and Harriett Joseph combined dramatic, real-life incidents, biographical sketches, and historical background to reveal the real human beings behind the legendary figures who discovered, explored, and settled Spanish Texas from 1528 to 1821. Drawing from their earlier book and adapting the language and subject matter to the reading level and interests of middle and high school students, the authors here present the men and women of Spanish Texas for young adult readers and their teachers.

These biographies demonstrate how much we have in common with our early forebears. Profiled in this book are:

  • Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: Ragged Castaway

  • Francisco Vázquez de Coronado: Golden Conquistador

  • María de Agreda: Lady in Blue

  • Alonso de León: Texas Pathfinder

  • Domingo Terán de los Ríos / Francisco Hidalgo: Angry Governor and Man with a Mission

  • Louis St. Denis / Manuela Sánchez: Cavalier and His Bride

  • Antonio Margil de Jesús: God's Donkey

  • Marqués de San Miguel de Aguayo: Chicken War Redeemer

  • Felipe de Rábago y Terán: Sinful Captain

  • José de Escandón y Elguera: Father of South Texas

  • Athanase de Mézières: Troubled Indian Agent

  • Domingo Cabello: Comanche Peacemaker

  • Marqués de Rubí / Antonio Gil Ibarvo: Harsh Inspector and Father of East Texas

  • Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara / Joaquín de Arredondo: Rebel Captain and Vengeful Royalist

  • Women in Colonial Texas: Pioneer Settlers

  • Women and the Law: Rights and Responsibilities