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    Attempted German Colony in Texas

    Hey all, sorry if this has been posted before, but I didn't see any mention when I did a quick forum search. Kind of a neat historical tidbit. In the 1840s there was an attempt by a society of German nobles "to establish a new Germany within the borders of Texas."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelsverein

    First heard of the whole thing in the book" Masters and Lords: Mid-19th-Century U.S. Planters and Prussian Junkers" by Shearer Bowman. I wonder if there are any German-Texans descended from any of the colonists that came there, though apparently the plan for the most part fell through.

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    Sadly the Texas-German dialect is spoken by only a handful of people. Very few youngsters of German descent have any interest in their heritage. To most of them it is something you escape from and any hint of pride is frowned upon. There used to be numerous German language newspapers and German was taught in most schools. Spanish is now the norm.

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    Central Texas

    The Germans colonized mostly around Central Texas like Fredericksburg and San Antonio. There are small painted churches in the Hill Country, which resemble their churches in Germany. Galveston was a major Port of Entry for many Germans leaving Prussia due to a failed liberal uprising known as the 48'ers. Some Germans were exiled and found a large community in Texas mostly farming and providing services. German was once spoken widely in Texas before the 1900's. Now, Mexicans have taken over most of the towns and cities with little hints of any German culture. In Fredericksburg, there are a few buildings and restaurants with stereo-typical German themes more for attractions and local tourism. Texas has been "Latinizing" heavily over the last 40 years due to open borders.

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