The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Notes and Documents

called the Real de Nicolas Hernandez which is slightly to the north-
west; turning south along the quadrilateral crossing the Llano de Leon
and spot called the Real de la Escaramuza to the place called the Real
de la Lagunilla which is to the right of the point called Jacalitos;
thence northeast straight to the Paso de Nogalitos where the final
point falls. To the east of these lands lie the farming lands and the
San Antonio River which runs from north to south.
Immediately thereafter I ... made the division and apportionment
of the fifth part of all the lands measured off for pasture and grazing
lands as is evident from the preceding record. These were set apart
and designated from this time forward for all time as town lands
for this new settlement so that when they produce through cultiva-
tion these funds may be used for the purposes and ends that His
Majesty ... had ordered by his royal decree. These lands are
marked off and set apart to the south of this settlement from the out-
side boundaries of the lands marked off for commons to Paso de Noga-
litos and from this point to the southwest to the place called the
Lagunilla where lies the corner of these lands marked off and desig-
nated as town lands for the settlement. From this point, to the north,
crossing the Llano de Leon, the Escaramuza, to the point called the
Real de Nicolas Hernandez where another of the corners of these lands
lies; thence to the east where measurement of these lands coincides with
the boundaries of those which have been marked off and designated as
commons for this settlement. For the present these are to remain sep-
arate until the time comes to join them to the fifth part of the irrigable
lands and the principal spring of the settlement, which as His Excel-
lency orders, shall also be separated and set apart for the same
purpose.
In the presidio ... on the 7th of July, 1731, I declare that, for
the purpose of completing these measurements ordered by the vice-
roy, I repaired to the boundary and marker placed for the pasture
lands, in the direction of the northeast, and, for the purpose of making
the fourth and final measurement for this settlement, I had 3,825
varas laid off in this same direction, the last measurement falling
upon the Arroyo Salado. And although it was so definite and well
known a boundary, I ordered a pile of stones placed to serve as a
perpetual marker. To continue this measurement, I returned to the
northwest corner of the third measurement, i.e., that of the pasture
lands, and in this direction, there was counted off and measured
4,044 common varas which reached to a hill called the Divisadero, where
I ordered a marker of stones placed. And having returned to the third
corner of the said pasture lands previously laid off, i.e., to the south-
west, I measured off 3,8251/2 common varas, the point falling upon
the Leon and the Paso de los Jacalitos, where I ordered a marker of

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