The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 9
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The Mejia Expedition.
was empowered to seize those lands which he might deem suitable
for fortifications and arsenals. Moreover, in clause fourteen, the
president was given leave to expend as much as five hundred thou-
sand dollars in the construction of forts and posts along the Texas
Soon after the decree of April 6 was published, in accordance
with the articles cited above, General Mier y Teran, the principal
commandant of the Eastern States, erected fortresses at Anahuac,
Velasco, Nacogdoches, Tenoxtitlan, and elsewhere, and garrisoned
them with the lowest types of Mexican soldiery under the com-
mand, in some instances, of exceedingly insolent officers. For at
least two years the colonists lived under the hated rule of this
despotic Mexican military, which set at naught alike the civil juris-
diction of the State of Coahuila and Texas and the individual
rights of the citizens. The Texans were seriously offended by the
conduct of the authorities, and they accordingly enumerated their
grievances as follows:
"1. Don Jos6 Francisco Madero was appointed, in 1832, by
Coahuila-Texas its commissioner to survey the lands in the Dis-
trict of Nacogdoches, east of the San Jacinto, and to grant land-
titles to the inhabitants of that community. He arrived in Jan.,
1831, and had progressed some with his duties, when he and his
surveyor, Jos6 Maria Carbajal, were arrested by the commandant
of Anahuac, J. D. Bradburn, because the aforesaid surveyors were
operating in opposition to the edict of April 6, 1830.
"2. On Dec. 10, 1831, Bradburn annulled the Ayuntamiento
of Liberty, legally established by Madero, and set up one of his own
"3. Bradburn appropriated lands to his especial benefit without
having the proper authority for so doing.
"4. This same officer prohibited the holding of an election for
choosing the Alcalde of Liberty and the members of the Ayun-
tamiento, and threatened the people with military force if they
"5. Peaceable and quiet citizens were taken into custody, because
they expressed their opinions concerning Bradburn's illegal acts.
'Mexico had reserved, by Art. 5 of the national colonization law of Aug.
18, 1824, the right to establish arsenals in Texas. (Oldham and White's
Digest, Laws of Texas, 761-763.)
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