By Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm
Combining the storytelling aptitude of a novelist with a scholar's hindrance for the proof, Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm right here recounts the historical past of 3 generations of the de Leon family members, one of many founding households of Texas.
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He might also help the mayordomo make arrangements for renting the transhumance pastures from the local towns through which they passed. He kept the mules from scattering during the night and gathered them in the morning for loading. A cargador or aviador was charged with loading and unloading the mules, caring for the cargo, and preventing it from getting wet or damaged. 42 Each mule was loaded in the same order with the same pack each day. The cargador had to know his mules well enough to make sure that the mules, once loaded, would not buck or roll with the packs.
57 During his years of service, Martín de León had been promoted through the ranks. After only ﬁve years, he was appointed captain of the regiment. The thirty-year-old captain had caught the eye of his commander’s daughter, Patricia de la Garza. On the frontier, the number of appropriate suitors was slim for someone of the landed aristocracy such as the de la Garza family. The family may have hoped to ﬁnd a Spanish oﬃcial to marry Patricia, which would have ensured her success in the colonial society and perhaps even provided her with an entrée into Spanish society in Madrid.
Buying up an entire string of mules was costly, and Martín may have used the money his father had saved for his education to invest in the mule trade. In addition, the job was dangerous and required responsibility, a good head for ﬁgures, excellent business acumen, an ability to resolve problems, and the trust of the people with whom the muleteer worked. 36 Goods could not have found their way to the far north without the mule trains. In agricultural areas, farmers might use their two or three plow mules during the oﬀ season to supplement their income as small-scale salt miners to carry the produce from their little farms to market in the nearby towns or in far-oﬀ Saltillo.