Henri Castro

Henri Castro (HM2EGP)

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N 29° 21.35', W 98° 52.511'

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(July 17, 1786 - November 3, 1865)

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, 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.
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HM NumberHM2EGP
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Year Placed1994
Placed By1994 by Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 512115 N 3247416
Decimal Degrees29.35583333, -98.87518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 21.35', W 98° 52.511'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 21' 21" N, 98° 52' 30.66" W
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