"I have learned patience in the hard School of an Empresario," Stephen F. Austin wrote to his secretary in 1827. Austin had brought his first settlers to Texas six years earlier, and devoted the rest of his life to colonizing the land. Without Austin's seemingly endless patience and long years of sacrifice, Texas as we know it today would not exist. Read more about Austin and listen to the episode of Texas Originals chronicling his achievements that aired on KUHF, Houston Public Radio, on January 19, 2013. More»

Engraving of Stephen F. Austin, December 16, 1836. The Portal to Texas History via Palestine Public Library.