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An Evening with Jacob de Cordova

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Lee Lockwood Library and Museum


Jewish, Jamaican-born Spaniard, Jacob de Cordova fell in love with the state of Texas during a visit to the United States at a young age. With a heritage as unique as his, de Cordova was bound to make a lasting mark on the world. Saying de Cordova was a man of great accomplishments is an understatement. He was a successful land agent, and over his life would become the largest landholder in the state of Texas, commanding around one million acres of land. This came as a result of his explorations, exploring more territory than voyager Cabeza de Vaca. His knowledge of the state helped him produce the most well-received and accurate map of Texas of his time. His love for Texas motivated him to bring more settlers to his beloved state. Of all his accomplishments, establishing the city of Waco is one of his most significant legacies. In 1848, he was given the task to lay out a town along the Brazos River, what would be called, “Waco.” He was quoted saying, “She will be my daughter, and a beautiful daughter she will be” In reference to this new city he laid out. Today, he is celebrated for his heritage and his passion for bringing people together to the state that he loved. Historic Waco Foundation, in collaboration with the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, McLennan County Historical Commission, and Texas Fine Artists invites you to this free lecture.

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