A history of Texas as a Spanish province and state from the Mexican viewpoint. Excellent study of Northeast Mexico. 751 pages with color frontispiece, maps (some foldout), plates (some in color), diagrams, and illustrations.
Author Vito Alessio Robles was born on August 14th of 1879 in Saltillo , Coahuila, son of Dominic Alessio and Cristina Robles. There he studied at the Ateneo Fuente. He graduated as an engineer at the Military College of Mexico City. In 1910, a lieutenant colonel in the Federal Army under the command of Colonel Samuel Garcia Cuellar, fought Madero in the Battle of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Before he had taken up arms against the Yaquis. Under Madero, he served as Inspector General of Police, Public Works and deputy military attache in Rome. In 1913, he returned to Italy as a result of the fall of Madero. Under the Victoriano Huerta presidency, he was arrested and detained and imprisoned. Following this he joined the Constitutionalist ranks, first operated in San Luis Potosi under the command of General Alberto Carrera Torres and then was sent north with Francisco Villa. At the onset of division of the revolutionary leaders in the Convention of Aguascalientes, he remained with the convention, and was a delegate and became secretary. He held the governorship of the Federal District during the presidency of Roque Gonzalez Garza, allowing its inhabitants to bear arms. After 1920 he held a deputation by the Federal District and a senate of Coahuila. In 1925 and 1926, he had moved in diplomatic circles as a minister of Mexico in Sweden. As Chairman of the National Anti Party fought against Plutarco Elias Calles and Alvaro Obregon. He ran for governor of Coahuila in 1929 and in that same year he was banished from the country, finding acceptance in Austin, Texas, where he devoted himself to historical research. Vito Alessio Robles also excelled as a great journalist, was director of the Heraldo de Mexico and The Democrat and contributor to El Universal, Excelsior and La Prensa, among others, under the pseudonyms “Tobias O. Soler” and “Pingüino Macho”.