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Beyond the AlamoForging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861$
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Raul A. Ramos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888933_ramos

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Disrupting the Balance

Disrupting the Balance

Colonization Troubles, 1828–1834

(p.111) Chapter Four Disrupting the Balance
Beyond the Alamo

Raúl A. Ramos

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the wedding of the Anglo-American immigrant James Bowie and Ursula de Veramendi. Veramendi's parents, Juan Martin de Veramendi and Maria Josefa Ruiz de Navarro, each came from notable families. Josefa's brother Francisco Ruiz had served as an important official during the Spanish and Mexican periods. Angel Navarro and Juan Francisco Bueno acted as padrinos, or godparents, to the ceremony and thus connected the couple to the broader elite community through compadrazgo. While questions remain about Bowie's truthful representation of his past, his marriage to Veramendi immediately opened doors and opportunities for him to benefit financially. Martin de Veramendi and others provided Bowie with cash and access to pursue business ventures, most of which failed. Tragedy cut short the marriage when Ursula, along with her parents and children, succumbed to the devastating cholera epidemic of 1833–34.

Keywords:   Anglo-American immigrant, James Bowie, Ursula de Veramendi, Juan Martin, Maria Josefa, Francisco Ruiz, Angel Navarro, Juan Francisco Bueno

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