ARCTexas is proud to present the “Hidden History Of Texas”

The Hidden History of Texas in an ARCTexas Educational Services project dedicated to sharing the complete history of the state of Texas. The podcast, available here on the site or wherever you listen or download podcasts covers the real history. The episodes cover Texas history from the earliest days of Indigenous peoples to Spanish exploration, control by Mexico, the Anglo’s take over, Texas becomes part of the U.S., the confederates move in, and back to the U.S. The audio files are accurate and try to tell the story as best as they can from all sides of the issues. The hidden history of Texas is a history replete with heroes and villains of all sorts. There were good and bad people throughout Texas history, just as there were throughout world history. The popular podcast has generated two audiobooks that are available wherever audiobooks are sold.

Hidden History Of Texas

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Hidden History of Texas Audiobooks

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The Audiobooks

Book 1

1530-1820s –  Hidden History of Texas Volume 1 is your introduction into what is often untaught in schools. In this volume I of the Hidden History of Texas, I  discuss, the Spanish arrive, well almost. The First Peoples of Texas. Comanche, Kiowas, Tonkawas, and the Caddo, Wichita, and Tigua. Culture clashes begin between the new arrivals and those who are already here. The Spanish Presidios create more tensions between the cultures. The Spanish Missions were designed to convert the indigenous peoples, instead they caused more friction. The French dipped their toes in Texas. The question really  is  did Spanish Colonization really have a chance?  A little more about another European country parlez-vous français? The French In Texas, and finally I talk about some changes in Mexico and Spain (1800-1812) that affected Texas.

Book 2

1820s-1830s – Here Come The Anglos – This is the second book in the series of the Hidden History of Texas 1820s – 1830s Here Come the Anglos. This book details about how Anglo immigration affected Spanish and Mexican Texas. I talk about some of the changes that took place, such as the Imperial Colonization Law passed in January 1823, and they invited Catholic immigrants to settle in Mexico. It provided for the employment of agents, called empresarios, to introduce families in units of 200. One of the sections of The Imperial Colonization Law from Spain had declared that all colonists must be Catholic, so that meant that Austin’s first 300 families were affected and that included my ancestors, the Gates.  Now that changed with the 1824 National Colonization Law and the 1825 Coahuila and Texas State Colonization Law which said that foreigners must be Christian, and not necessarily Catholics and that they had to live by the laws of the nation.  It also discusses several early Texas Settlements, including the towns of Nacogdoches, San Augustine, San Antonio, and Goliad. This volume lays the groundwork for the next volume which will cover the time period of the 1830s to the 1845 admittance of Texas as a State. This volume discusses the empresarios who came to Texas and some of the issues they generated.