The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 165
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The Cherokee Indians in Texas.
The Cherokees, then, had obtained definite promises of land
from the officers of the department of Texas by the course of con-
duct observed during the Fredonian affair. These promises were
never sanctioned by the general government, but in a general way
they were acquiesced in by the government of the State. How-
ever, the Cherokees did not profit by them, but practically made
them void by their unreasonable stubbornness in insisting that
the land granted them should be that on which they then lived.
They seem to have regarded the promises made them as relating
specifically to this tract, and, moreover, that they were retroactive in
their effect. But, as has been seen, these lands even before the Fre-
donian affair began had been turned over to certain empresarios for
colonization, and had thus been withdrawn for a time from further
disposal of the government. The Mexican officials were willing to
put the Indians in possession of land; but the latter would not con-
sent to remove to the frontier to accept vacant lands. Therefore,
when the act of the Consultation stopped forever the issuance of
valid land grants by the Mexican authorities, the Cherokee claim
had not yet been located and converted into an incontestable title,
but was still floating.
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