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Texas History Lessons is a slow walk through Texas history that takes the time to learn about the many exciting and important things that are usually ignored.. Join me as I time travel back to visit the amazing people and events that helped shape modern Texas.

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Texas History Lessons is a slow walk through Texas history that takes the time to learn about the many exciting and important things that are usually ignored.. Join me as I time travel back to visit the amazing people and events that helped shape modern Texas.

    Czech Texans and the National Polka Festival with Payton Matous

    Czech Texans and the National Polka Festival with Payton Matous

    Let's go to Polkafest on Memorial Day Weekend!
    In this episode Payton Matous joins the podcast to talk about the history and heritage of Czech Texans with a special focus on the National Polka Festival in Ennis. Make plans to visit Ennis, Texas in Memorial Day weekend this year and in the future for a great time. Payton is a talented musical artist and graces the show with two unreleased songs. His EP Prayers to a Lesser God was released on May 11, 2022 and the title track ends this episode. Follow him on Twitter: @payton_matous and listen to his music everywhere you listen to music.
    The National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas
    The Texas History Lessons Theme song, Walking Through History, was written and recorded by Derrick McClendon. Listen to his new album, Interstate Daydreamer! Available everywhere you find good music. Thank you Derrick! Twitter: @dmclendonmusic
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    Website: texashistorylessons.com
    email: texashistorylessons@gmail.com
    Twitter: @TexasHistoryL
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    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 5, 1718 The San Antonio de Bexar Presidio

    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 5, 1718 The San Antonio de Bexar Presidio

    On May 5, 1718, Martin de Alarcon founded the San Antonio de Bexar Presidio on the west side of the San Antonio River, about a quarter league from the San Antonio de Valero Mission that had been established on May 1.
    Settlement did not happen immediately but the presidio and the mission were the foundation of the Villa de Bexar, the most important town in Spanish Texas. 
    A lot of history has happened in this very special site near San Pedro Springs. What began as a village of Payaya Coahuiltecans called Yanaguana grew into San Antonio, the second most populous city in Texas and the 12th most in North America. It is the oldest municipality in Texas.
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    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 4, 1847

    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 4, 1847

    On May 4, 1847, Pope Pius IX established the Catholic Diocese of Galveston. From 1847 until 1874 the diocese covered all of Texas and parts of modern day Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. The Diocese of San Antonio and the Vicariate Apostolic of Brownsville were carved out of it 1874.
    Jean Marie Odin was named the Diocese of Galveston’s first bishop and with twelve priests he served 20,000 Catholics that were spread out over about 360,000 square miles. The Diocese included ten already established churches and an Ursuline Sisters convent.
    The diocese's first cathedral church is the beautiful St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston that Odin had overseen construction of.
    Odin served as bishop until 1861, when he became the second archbishop of New Orleans.
    In the mid-1900s the Diocese of Galveston became the Diocese of Galveston-Houston and in 2004 it became the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Today it includes 8,880 square miles of ten counties in the southeastern area of Texas: Galveston, Harris, Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Grimes, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller.
    The Texas History Lessons Theme song, Walking Through History, was written and recorded by Derrick McClendon. Listen to his new album, Interstate Daydreamer! Available everywhere you find good music. Thank you Derrick! Twitter: @dmclendonmusic
    If you are enjoying Texas History Lessons, consider buying me a cup of coffee by clicking here!
    Help make Texas History Lessons by supporting it on Patreon. And a special thanks to everyone that already does.
    Website: texashistorylessons.com
    email: texashistorylessons@gmail.com
    Twitter: @TexasHistoryL
    Texas History Lessons Spotlight Artists
    Seth Jones
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    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 3, 1968 Houston Heart Transplant

    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 3, 1968 Houston Heart Transplant

    On May 3, 1968, a major medical advance occurred at Houston’s St. Luke’s Hospital.
    Surgeon Denton Cooley and his associates transplanted the heart donated by a fifteen year old girl to Everett Thomas.
    Cooley and Houston doctor Michael E. DeBakey had been working on developing heart surgery to the point that they could do heart transplantation. Cooley got there first and DeBakey and he would have a strange competition for years to come.
    Despite the odd rivalry, or maybe because of it, as Chester Burns describes it, Cooley, DeBakey and the teams of medical personnel in Houston “displayed extraordinary courage and technical expertise as they established the world's standards for heart surgery in newborn infants, for replacing diseased arteries with artificial and venous grafts, and for replacing diseased heart valves with artificial ones during open-heart operations.”
    Thomas lived for 204 days with the new heart. And for quite a long time life expectancy was short. But with every medical advancement things have improved. People of all ages have heart transplants today and doctors are still searching for new advancements and solutions. Thomas lived for 204 days but now people can live for decades. Living 15 to 20 years after a transplant is becoming the standard result.
    The Texas History Lessons Theme song, Walking Through History, was written and recorded by Derrick McClendon. Listen to his new album, Interstate Daydreamer! Available everywhere you find good music. Thank you Derrick! Twitter: @dmclendonmusic
    Payton Matous performs Healing Side of Heartbreak at the end of the episode.
    If you are enjoying Texas History Lessons, consider buying me a cup of coffee by clicking here!
    Help make Texas History Lessons by supporting it on Patreon. And a special thanks to everyone that already does.
    Website: texashistorylessons.com
    email: texashistorylessons@gmail.com
    Twitter: @TexasHistoryL
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    • 8 min
    Lesson 17: Al-Andalus and the Reconquista

    Lesson 17: Al-Andalus and the Reconquista

    In lesson 17 we take a look at al-Andalus, Islamic Spain, and the Reconquista.
    The Texas History Lessons Theme song, Walking Through History, was written and recorded by Derrick McClendon. Listen to his new album, Interstate Daydreamer! Available everywhere you find good music. Thank you Derrick! Twitter: @dmclendonmusic
    The song at the end of the episode is by Texas History Lessons new spotlight artist, Jason Harrell. The song, Free is on his More Than I Was album..
    If you are enjoying Texas History Lessons, consider buying me a cup of coffee by clicking here!
    Help make Texas History Lessons by supporting it on Patreon. And a special thanks to everyone that already does.
    Website: texashistorylessons.com
    email: texashistorylessons@gmail.com
    Twitter: @TexasHistoryL
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    • 43 min
    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 2, 1874 - John B. Jones given command of the Frontier Battalion

    Daily Dose of Texas History - May 2, 1874 - John B. Jones given command of the Frontier Battalion

    On May 2, 1874, Texas Governor Richard Coke, who was originally from Virginia, gave a man named John B. Jones command of the recently created Frontier Battalion of Texas Rangers.
    John B. Jones is one of those interesting characters that fill the pages of Texas history. He’d been born in South Carolina in 1834 and came to Texas with his family in 1838, while Texas was still in its early phase of being an independent republic. He lived in Travis County at first and over the years moved to land that became part of Matagorda County and then to a site in modern Navarro County.
    Being from South Carolina, it should be no surprise that Jones was one of many Texans that opposed Sam Houston’s desire to remain in the United States when the Civil War started. During the war, he established a reputation that led nineteenth century Texas Rangers’ historian Wilburn Hill King writing that Jones had established “an excellent record as a man of superior business tact and judgment, and on the battle-field his coolness, quickness of judgment, breadth of comprehension, soldierly skill, and management had marked him as one to trust in time of difficulty." 
    Unhappy with the war’s results, this unreconstructed rebel decided to go to Mexico to create a Confederate colony for likeminded folks. This didn’t last long and he returned to Texas.
    In 1868 he ran and won a spot in the Texas state legislature as a representative for Ellis, Hill, Kaufman and Navarro counties. He never served, however, because the Republicans in power denied him his seat.
    The legislature authorized the formation of a battalion of Texas Rangers in January 1874 to enforce Governor Coke’s demand an end to raids on settlements by Native Americans and the enforcement of law in the already settled interior. This became known as the Frontier Battalion, with six companies containing 75 men in each.
    This lead to Governor Coke naming John B. Jones as commander of the Frontier Battalion with the rank of major.
    Jones reported that during the battalions first six months of service the Frontier Battalion had engaged with fourteen of the forty known raiding parties. During the second six months they only engaged in four fights with the Native American raiders. After the first year, the Frontier Battalion Jones reported only six raids and one small battle.
    During this time, Jones reported an estimated thirty-seven Indians killed with the battalion only having six men wounded and losing only two to death. 
    It’s important to remember that this time coincided with the United States Army’s Red River war against the Southern Plains Tribes that resulted in the majority of the Comanches and Kiowas moving to the reservation at Fort Sill, near modern day Lawton, Oklahoma.
    Jones commanded the Frontier Battalion for seven years. One of the highlights of his command was the pursuit of outlaw gang led by Sam Bass, which led to Bass’s death near Round Rock in 1878.
    Jones died at 46 years old in Austin on July 19, 1881 while serving as the state’s adjutant general and still commanding the Frontier Battalion. A court order ended the battalion in 1900.
    The Texas History Lessons Theme song, Walking Through History, was written and recorded by Derrick McClendon. Listen to his new album, Interstate Daydreamer! Available everywhere you find good music. Thank you Derrick! Twitter: @dmclendonmusic
    The song at the end of the episode is by Texas History Lessons new spotlight artist, Payton Matous. The song, The Boy With Blood on His Hands is on the Campfire Sessions EP.
    If you are enjoying Texas History Lessons, consider buying me a cup of coffee by clicking here!
    Help make Texas History Lessons by supporting it on Patreon. And a special thanks to everyone that already does.
    Website: texashistorylessons.com
    email: texashistorylessons@gmail.com
    Twitter: @TexasHistoryL
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