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5 Major Historical Events That Happened in the Hill Country

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4. A German Prince Settles New Braunfels, 1845

5 Major Historical Events That Happened in the Hill Country

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Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels officially established New Braunfels. This came as no easy feat as the prince asked to be removed as Commissioner-General just a year earlier. Apparently, he was disillusioned with logistics in relation to organizing a colony. Though Prince Solms-Braunfels may have officially established New Braunfels, Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach did the real work. He negotiated with local Native American tribes and organized duties for settling the town.

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5. University of Texas Becomes First Major University in South to Admit African-Americans as Undergrads, 1959

5 Major Historical Events That Happened in the Hill Country

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Race and ethnicity were hot button issues in Texas starting in the ‘50s. Segregation was the first idea to be addressed. Campaigns were waged by local politicians and action groups to desegregate schools and allow equal opportunity. From there, the movement gained momentum as students staged demonstrations to protest segregated movie theaters, lunch counters and restaurants.

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