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Castroville in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Henri Castro

(July 17, 1786 - November 3, 1865)

Henri Castro Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
1. Henri Castro Marker
Inscription.  Henri Castro, a native of Bayonne, France, and the descendant of Portuguese nobility, served briefly in Napoleon's French Army. In 1813 he married Marie Amelia Mathias. He later immigrated to the United States and in 1827 became a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

He returned to France in 1838 and joined the banking house of Lafitte and Company. While there he helped negotiate a loan for the Republic of Texas for which a grateful President Sam Houston later appointed him Texas' General Consul in Paris. Between 1843 and 1847 Castro administered, as Empresario, the settlement of at least 2,134 European colonists in this area.

Castro eventually exhausted his own personal wealth to sustain his colonial effort. His extraordinary dedication to his colonists has led many to compare him favorably to the legendary Stephen F. Austin.

Henri and Marie lived in Castroville with their four foster children. By 1860, however, the family was living in San Antonio. Henri and his son, Lorenzo, traveled to Eagle Pass to run a family mercantile business.

On his way to France in 1865, Castro was diverted to Monterrey, Mexico,
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where he became ill and died. He was buried in Monterrey in 1865. In 1876 the newly created Castro County, Texas, was named for Henri Castro.
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2439.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 21.35′ N, 98° 52.511′ W. Marker is in Castroville, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is on Lafayette Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the north end of September Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castroville TX 78009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Homestead of Henri Castro (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away); Landmark Inn Complex (about 400 feet away); Vance Hotel and Store (about 400 feet away); First County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Cordier-Tschirhart-Seal House (about 800 feet away); Dolch-Hans Compound (approx. 0.2 miles away); Biry-Ahr Property (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castroville.
Also see . . .  Castro, Henri - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.)
Henri Castro Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
2. Henri Castro Marker
Rear of the marker is visible in the distance, near the granite memorials.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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