Far away from Europe in the state of Texas in the United States of America is a small town called West. More than 75% of the population of West can trace their ancestry to Czech Republic. It then comes as no surprise that ‘West’ is known as the ‘Czech Heritage Capital of Texas.
It all started in the late 19th century when a number of Czechs migrated and settled down in West to escape the Austro-Hungarian empire that controlled most of Central Europe then. The town today boasts of a bakery that sells the typical Czech pastry called koláče, now Americanised and named Kolach.
The Czech Heritage of West, Texas. Image credits- Donna White
Czech Republic was quick to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters in Texas; then Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, was instrumental in donating a sum of approximately 200,000$ for helping rebuild a community centre.