Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Linda English

Second Advisor

Dr. Friederike Bruehoefener

Third Advisor

Dr. George T. Díaz


This thesis considers economic and social aspects of French immigration to the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas during the mid-nineteenth century, with special emphasis on a small group of merchants who left France during the 1850s. It synthesizes the work of several scholars who have focused on French presence in the LRGV with others who have analyzed various economic facets of the LRGV during different periods between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. This study attempts to situate five families into the context of nineteenth-century European migration to the Americas, as well as into the Gulf maritime economy on the eve of the military conflicts in the U.S-Mexico borderlands of the 1860s. The research focuses on the economic conditions as well as the commercial, familial, and social networks that contributed to their financial success and enduring legacies.


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