The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 8
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8 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
the colonies, it was declared that his right to do so would not be
questioned, and that Guerra should give him any assistance needed.
Finally, (Art. 7) it was said that the two colonels would decide as
to what should de done with the prisoners et cetera in Matamoros
which had been seized by Mejia.1
For the better understanding of the expedition which followed
it will be worth while to depart from the thread of the story at
this point, and take cognizance of the trend of events in Texas for
the two years previous to 1832.
II. EVENTS IN TEXAS LEADING UP TO THE EXPEDITION.
Anglo-Americans from the United States were invited by the
Mexican colonization laws to come to a land blessed with all human
requirements, rich and free, the beautiful province of Texas. They
from the North were offered broad domains and equal rights with
the native Mexicans, if they would swear allegiance to the flag of
their benefactor, and accept, or adhere to, the Catholic creed.
Many of our ancestors took advantage of this Latin liberality, and
during the years from 1825 to 1830 pioneers flocked to the future
"Lone Star State."
At length the Mexican government determined to check the
influx of these immigrants into Texas. The effort was made in
the enactment by the general Mexican congress of the decree of
April 6, 1830. The motive for the passage of this decree was that
the Mexicans were jealous of the growing power and influence of
the Texas colonists, and they feared that the Texans would join
hands with their countrymen in the United States with the object
of annexing Texas to the republic of the North. Hence, it was
extremely necessary that Texas should be severed entirely from
Northern tutelage, and such a law as that of April 6, 1830, was
thought to be the only true way to attain the cherished end. Article
eleven of this act was intended to prevent further settlement within
the Texas borders by immigrants from the United States. Per-
haps this section would not have had its immense significance to
the colonists, if the law had not at the same time provided the
means of its enforcement. By article four the Mexican executive
Filisola, Memorias, I 256-259.
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