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The Austin Colony: Brazos River Letters (1998)

Brazoria County Historical Museum

Sound | 1998

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  •  Start of video 
  •  Introduction 
  •  Sailing for Texas 
  •  Riding a sternwheeler on the Brazos 
  •  "April 10, 1831: Settlement of Brazoria" 
  •  Corn in its many forms 
  •  A letter from Father 
  •  Covered wagon travels begin 
  •  A sad event 
  •  The family arrives at their new home 
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This educational video from the Brazoria County Historical Museum re-creates the story of a family moving from Virginia to New Orleans to Texas to seek new land and a new life. Adapted from actual letters sent from Austin’s colony in the early nineteenth century, the story is narrated by the daughter of the family and follows them up the Brazos river and over prairie land to the territory staked out by Stephen F. Austin.