The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930

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THE SAN SABA COLONIZATION COMPANY
R. L. BIEBELE
The San Saba Colonization Company was an episode in the story
of German immigration to Texas. In the spring of 1839 a num-
ber of men organized the San Saba Company at Houston, Texas.
It appears that this company was originally a private undertaking
which was interested primarily in the exploration of and in the
locating of land in the San Saba country, and secondarily in profits
which might be secured from trade and from the recapture of
horses and other property stolen by the Indians. It was very active
from about April until the middle of August, 1839, and then it
seems to have lapsed into inactivity. One undated document, a
trial balance to which reference will be made below, indicates that
its affairs were wound up and that the company was disbanded. In
the spring of 1843 its name was revived by Henry Francis Fisher,
one of its former officials, and Burchard Miller, and changed into
that of the San Saba Colonization Company. Because the company
had this two-fold aspect I shall discuss, first, its interest in explora-
tion and surveying and, second, its interest in colonization.
The earliest mention of the San Saba Company appears in the
following letter to President Mirabeau B. Lamar. The letter
read:
Dear Sir: In compliance with a Resolution unanimously adopted
at a meeting of the San Saba Company, I have the pleasure of
conveying to you their hearty thanks for the Kindness you have
manifested toward the Company, so decidedly evidencing your ap-

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