Lyn Cote Loves Texas History

Lyn Cote talks on researching Texas History for Her Inheritance Forever, 2nd book in Texas Star of Destiny series:

img_1677femailThanks for having me as a guest again. I’ve been doing more of what I love—doffing into history.

The more I researched Texas history for my “Texas Star of Destiny” series the more fascinating it became. In 1836 when my book takes place, Texas was a state of Mexico. The last time I guested here, I wrote about the different Native tribes that lived in Texas in the 19th century. This time I want to relate the two different types of settlers who were of European descent.

The first group is one that I had never known as a distinct group. I’m talking about the “Tejano” (the “j” is pronounced as an “h”) community in Texas. The Tejanos were the descendants of the Spanish colonial settlers in Texas. The Tejanos then were and are Texans of Spanish descent. My heroine Alandra Sandoval is a Tejano, not a Mexican as I had thought before I did enough research.

The second group was the Americans who had immigrated to Texas while it was still in the hands of the Mexican government. They called themselves “Texians.” These two groups had very different experience in law and governing.

I was also unaware of the Mexican Constitution of 1824, which was a very liberal constitution very much like our own. Most Tejanos and Texians were very willing to live under this constitution.

Unfortunately, the Constitution of 1824 did not really touch the people of Texas or the rest of Mexico in any real way. Spanish colonial laws and practice had kept the Mexican people from learning how to govern themselves. It was a very top down kind of government. This type of government didn’t go over very well with the Anglo settlers who were used to governing themselves.

By the constitution of 1824, the people of Mexico were granted the right to vote for a president. But with little experience of self government and after years of political turmoil in Mexico City, Santa Anna deposed the elected president and took over as dictator. This set the stage for the Texas Revolution.

Americans have never cared for dictators. The Anglo Texians and many Tejanos resisted this power grab. A Tejano Lorenzo de Zavala served as the first vice president of the first Texian government. Another Tejano that fought for freedom was Jose Navarre of San Antonio.

My latest book Her Inheritance Forever takes place during the Texas Revolution when the Texians and many Tejanos stood up to General Santa Anna and defeated him. I had always misunderstood the Battle for the Alamo and had never heard of the Goliad Massacre which actually took more lives. When General Santa Anna ordered the slaughter of the men defending the Alamo, he was despised. And rightly so. He also ordered the slaughter of around 300 Americans who had surrendered to General Urrea at Goliad a few weeks after the Alamo. This is in direct violation of the rules of war at that time.

herinheritanceforeverSanta Anna’s slaughtering of free men brought hundreds of Americans in from the surrounding states to fight and defeat him. With an army a tenth the size of Santa Anna’s, Sam Houston accomplished that at the Battle of San Jacinto in April 1836.  

The fire for freedom goes on today all around the world. I am proud of the Texians, Tejanos and Americans who fought tyranny and won. I think that any American will thrill to the battle for freedom in this book and how it changes everyday people—even my heroine Alandra Sandoval and Scully Falconer into heroes and heroines.

I am giving away one copy of my latest book each week in August. Drop by my blog and make a comment to be eligible.

Also drop by my website to purchase a copy of Her Inheritance Forever.


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22 thoughts on “Lyn Cote Loves Texas History”

  1. Welcome Lyn,Ive been to Texas an loved it,I love reading books about the way it was,thanks for your post,very interesting indeed!

  2. I too enjoyed hearing about the history of Texas. It’s so much more enjoyable then what they taught in school. It was/is one of those interesting states. I live in PA and there’s lot of history there too that I enjoy reading about now. Thanks.

  3. I loved this, Lyn. Thanks so much for going on. I think we forget the fever our ancestors have for freedom. These days we take so much for granted. In fact, I don’t think people even know what freedom is anymore.

  4. Lyn, I love reading your about your history quests as I do all historical facts. I think that is why I enoy historical fiction. It often sends me on my own quest to find out more.

    Mary I agree that we Americans have no idea exactly what freedom is anymore. We need to thank those soldiers who helped keep us free.

  5. Lyn, welcome back to P&P! We love having you come visit us and sit for a spell. I’ve lived in Texas most of my life and never tire of the history. It’s so rich and colorful. It’s wonderful that you chose the time of our fight for independence in which to set your series. Nothing beats stories about the Alamo and Goliad. I do think it was one of our finest moments. A few days ago I wrote a blog here on P&P about Jane Long who was named Mother of Texas. She lived in this time period. What a woman! But we have so many men and women who faced overwhelming odds and came out victors.

    Your newest book looks wonderful. The vibrant colors on the cover really do catch a reader’s eye. Can’t wait to read it.

  6. Hi Lyn! Welcome back to Petticoats & Pistols! Your book sounds wonderful. Love the cover, too. It’s so easy to take freedom for granted. Thanks for a post that reminds us all of the courage it takes to defend it.

  7. Thank you for being our special guest at Wildflower Junction, Lyn! I love your post and enjoyed the Texas history.

  8. Welcome to the corral Lyn! And congratulations on the release of Her Inheritance Forever. I love this period of Texas history – so much that I set my second book shortly after the Alamo. I look forward to reading HIF soon.

  9. Welcome to the corral Lyn! And congratulations on the release of Her Inheritance Forever. I love this period of Texas history – so much that I set my second book shortly after the Alamo. I look forward to reading HIF soon.

  10. Welcome to the Junction, Lyn. What a terrific post full of so much I have never heard about! As I tell Linda all the time, I simply must get to Texas! Ya’ll have such a rich history indeed.

    Congrats on Her Inheritance Forever. What a great read.

  11. One of my cousins, through his mother, is descended
    from the first mayor (or alcalde) of what we now know as San Antonio. The alcalde was a “Canary
    Islander,” a member of the first group of Spanish
    settlers in Texas.

    Pat Cochran

  12. Hi Lyn, great post! Your book sounds like a fasinating read. I am going to have to put it on my wish list.

  13. Interesting chat. We are headed to Texas in September. Will be staying in the San Antonio area for a week. Thanks for the information. We spend our vacations at historic and nature sites. There will be more to look up in the San Antonio area thanks to you. Your books sound very interesting.
    Good luck with the series.

  14. Sorry that I haven’t been online earlier, but I was at my mil’s funeral–a sad but happy day. She was almost 90 and in failing health. I tried to concentrate on her reunion and not our loss.

    Pat Cochran said:
    “One of my cousins, through his mother, is descended
    from the first mayor (or alcalde) of what we now know as San Antonio. The alcalde was a “Canary
    Islander,” a member of the first group of Spanish
    settlers in Texas.”

    I actually had a Canary Islander, they had a special name for them in the book prior to this one. These were Spanish from the Canary Islands who were offered land and position for settling in Texas where few wanted to be.

    The mix of many kinds of people and much political upheaval is one of the reasons I chose to write about early Texas. Conflict always makes for interesting reading.

    The next book HER ABUNDANT JOY chronicles the influx of German immigrants in the mid 1840’s.

    Thanks again to all the P & P ladies for inviting me.

  15. Hello, Lyn, please know our hearts are with you in your loss…as well as your joy in her release. My ancestors are 1840’s Germans who settled in Missouri. I am super-eager to read your books.

    Thanks for the great post.

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