Praise for Carolina Castillo Crimm’s “De León: A Tejano Family History”

Head2Join us Thursday evening, January 4, at Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant in Galveston for a Hawkins Squadron meeting and a presentation by Dr. Carolina Castillo Crimm, “Supplying the Texian Army: Fernando de León and the New Orleans Connection.”

Dr. Crimm, a native of Mexico, came to the United States when she was 17. She holds degrees from the University of Miami, Texas Tech and completed her Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Among her many books and articles is the award-winning De León: A Tejano Family History (2004). Here’s what readers and reviewers have said about Dr. Crimm’s De León:

An excellent study of the heretofore neglected De León family, who founded only successful colony other than Austin’s in Texas during the 1 Crimm demonstrated how Martin and Patricia de León established the Hispanic colony and town of Victoria on the Guadalupe River 1824, and showed how the colony was able to survive despite trying circumstances.

— F. Todd Smith, Southwestern Historical Quarterly


Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm does an excellent job of portraying the early Texas history empresarios in her book. In my humble opinion, it is very well written and the availability of “De Leon, a Tejano Family History” via is well worth the price. Buy it and enjoy the way Ms. Crimm writes the history of this very noble Texas family and the sad fate that awaited them and many other Tejano families at the hands of greedy opportunists.

— Amazon user



[Crimm] admirably performs the necessary job of demolishing enduring and racist myths about the Spanish frontier and its people. Spanish-Mexican frontier folk were just as hardworking and idealistic about freedom and liberty as were their northern counterparts; they also valued their Spanish heritage while remaining open to some cultural accommodation. The De Leon women are fascinating. . . . Doha Patricia and her daughter-in-law Doha Luz dominate the last half of the book as matriarchs of the local Tejano community with social, spiritual, and economic significance. They directly contradict the stereotype of the docile and submissive Mexican woman. Crimm presents an enduring portrayal of one of the state’s most prominent families in De Leôn. This book, which adds a great deal to the history of Texas, Mexican Americans, and the American frontier, will be appreciated by specialists and general readers

—  Carlos Kevin Blanton, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


Every now and then you luck into a beautifully produced book which changes your frame of reference. “De Leon” is as close to telling us about who we are and what made our nation as any I’ve read.

You don’t have to be an historian or a scholar or someone with a particular interest in Mexican American history to realize that the De Leon story, in Crimm’s telling, is as engaging, exciting, and moving as any part of our American story. “De Leon” offers an understanding not just of a piece of family history but of a whole landscape, storied but unfamiliar to many of us. Highly recommended!

— Amazon user


Eminently enjoyable family history, chockfull of insights about the Texas in the nineteenth century.

— Andrés Reséndez, Southwestern Historical Quarterly



Dr. Crimm will have copies of her book and other materials available for purchase.

The evening will begin with a meet-and-greet and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and Dr. Crimm’s presentation at about 7:30. A limited Fisherman’s Wharf entree menu will be available, and folks will be responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks. Those wanting to attend should RSVP no later than Tuesday to Adm. Andy Hall, (409) seven-seven-one-7433, or by e-mail to maritimetexas-at-gmail-dot-com.

The Texas Navy Association is a private, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical legacy of the naval forces of the Republic of Texas, 1835-46. The mission of the Texas Navy Association is to preserve and promote an appreciation of the historic character and heroic acts of the Texas Navy; to promote travel by visitors to historical sites and areas in which the Texas Navy operated; to conduct, in the broadest sense, a public relations campaign to create a responsible and accurate image of Texas; and to encourage Texas communities, organizations, and individuals, as well as governmental entities, to participate with actions and money, in pursuit of these objectives. Membership in the Texas Navy Association is open to all persons age 16 and over who have an interest in Texas history and want to help support the goals of the organization.

In Galveston, the Charles E. Hawkins Squadron was organized in the fall of 2016, and meets on the first Thursday evening in odd-numbered months at Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant.