By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 3, 2021) – In Issue 2021-213 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate a special birthday.


Happy birthday to Stephen Fuller Austin, born on November 3, 1793.

Austin is known as the “Father of Texas”.   He led a successful colonization of the area by bringing 300 families and their slaves to the region in 1825.

His friendly diplomatic relationship with Mexico helped stave off rebellion at first, but ultimately relations broke down.  The Republic of Texas was created in 1836.

Austin ran for President of the Republic but lost to military leader Sam Houston.  He did serve as  Secretary of State but only for 2 months before dying of pneumonia.

He is immortalized in the naming of the city Austin, Stephen F. Austin University, and one of the two statues in the US Capitol National Statuary Hall.

The map of Texas shown was created by Johnson and was issued in 1864.

Texas – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.