BY THE KING'S COMMAND by Shirley Seifert


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In 1773 an imperial edict to abandon and destroy the East Texas settlement of Los Adaes is the beginning of Antonio Gil Ibarbo's six year commitment to help the evacues. The long hard road to San Antonio de Bexar and the difficulties of living there send Antonio to the Governor, who adds his protest to the petition Antonio takes to Mexico. There the Viceroy finds a loophole that will permit Antonio to move his people from San Antonio de Bexar and restablish them at a further place, and another long march and another setting is accomplished. But it is not until Antonio obeys his conscience rather than his King and takes them to their homeplace that the community is at peace. A historical incident is filled in with details of Antonio's long struggle, of Spanish policy in the new land, of the incidents in the lives of the uprooted people, and the temper of the times comes alive. An able reconstruction, this will commend itself to readers of the earlier Look to the Rose (1960) and Destiny in Dallas. (1958).

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1962
Publisher: Lippincott