An idealised depiction of the Champ d’Asile, a short-lived settlement founded in Texas (1818)

An idealised depiction of the Champ d’Asile by artist, Joseph Claude Pomel (1823).

An idealised depiction of the Champ d’Asile by artist, Joseph Claude Pomel (1823).

Champ d’Asile (“Field of Asylum”) was a short-lived settlement founded in Texas, USA in January 1818, by 20 French Bonapartist veterans of the Napoleonic Wars from the Vine and Olive Colony. The party was led by General Charles Lallemand. Land was offered to French settlers on March 3, 1817, after a vote by the United States Congress. Champ d’Asile was situated along the Trinity River and was abandoned in July of the same year.

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