Response to the Books 'Passionate Nation' and 'Major Problems in Texas History'

540 Words2 Pages
Reactions Passionate Nation 36-50 One of the parts of this reading that stuck out to me the most was the character of St. Denis, whose larger-than-life persona seems indicative of the Texas story as it is remembered today, and of the "Texas character" that can be said to exist both in stereotypes about the state and in the fondly and fiercely held pride of many Texans themselves. St. Denis was not exactly a trouble-maker, but he certainly wasn't a law-abider, either, and rather than playing political games and choosing sides (though he sometimes had to for convenience's sake), St. Denis was more concerned with roaming the land and using his wits and resources to carve out a place for himself regardless of whose flag he was under or which far-off European nation laid claim to the particular territory he happened to be on at the time. He was perhaps a true "Texan" long before that had the connotations it does today. The book's description of his arrest upon returning to San Juan Bautista sand earning of the Spanish War of Succession which renewed enmity between Spain and St. Denis' native France is subtle, yet hints at the type of predicament St. Denis was liable to find himself in no matter how much he wished to avoid it. Having headed out as a friend to both realms, he returned an enemy to Spain simply because of the larger movements of the two governments, and not through any of his own actions. The wildness and changeability of Texas at this early stage in its

More about Response to the Books 'Passionate Nation' and 'Major Problems in Texas History'

Open Document