Historical Commission to Meet on October 22

LIBERTY, October 15, 2012 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will hold their next quarterly meeting on Monday, October 22 at 6 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Well-known historian Betje Black Klier will discuss her research into the French setllement Champ d Asile.

Established in 1818 by former officers of Napoleon Bonaparte, Champ d'Asile, a colony of Bonapartist refugees founded on the Trinity River in 1818, endured barely six months, its impact on the future of Texas was strong. The concern aroused among United States and Spanish diplomats over this intrusion into disputed territory caused two immediate results. United States pressure forced pirate Jean Lafitte and his men, who had assisted the French colonists, to leave Galveston. And the French presence at Champ d'Asile precipitated the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819, which eliminated the Neutral Ground agreement and established the Sabine River as the Louisiana-Texas boundary and the border between the United States and New Spain.

The body of thought, art, and literature evoked in Paris around Champ d'Asile also had important long-term effects on Texas. Klier has researched and written extensively on these various events and will share her insights during her presentation.

The meeting is open to the public. Commission members and anyone interested in the outpost's history are encouraged to attend. Officers are: Linda Jamison, Vice Chair; Darlene Mott, Secretary; and Clarence Martin, Treasurer. Kevin Ladd is chair.

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