The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 143
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De Witt's Colony.
De Le6n was to prevent his disturbing the twenty-five families
that were already located upon the section in question.1 But De
Le6n seems not to have so understood it, and in September, 1831,
he complained that on account of various adverse decisions of the
government his colonizing activities had been considerably par-
alyzed.3 During the next year when the government gave Juan
Vicente Campos, another Mexican impresario, permission to col-
onize some of the vacant lands in De Witt's grant, De Le6n could
no longer restrain his indignation at having his claims thus set
aside. He at once petitioned the government again to make valid
It will be remembered that on April 28, 1832, a law had been
passed to encourage Mexican colonization. On May 1, almost
immediately after the passage of this law, was made the concession
to Campos already mentioned. He was allowed, as agent for a Mex-
ican company, to settle four hundred and fifty colonists upon a tract
of land which included the whole of Milam's grant and the northern
portion of De Witt's.' Of course there was no intention on the
part of the government to limit by this grant any of De Le6nN
rights in the south. The whole purpose of the new colonization
law was, as has been indicated, to check Anglo-American immi-
gration and to encourage that of Mexicans. Enterprises such as
De Le6n's were just what Mexico wished to foster. On August
4, 1832, therefore, Governor Letona, in answer to De Le6n's peti-
'Appendix to Empresario Contracts, II 243.
2A conflict of claims had also arisen between De Le6n and the empresa-
rios, Power and Hewetson. The government decided against De Leon,
August 13, 1831. But in March of the next year, through the influence
of General TerAn, De Le6n was given the preference (Record of Trans-
lations of Empresario Contracts, 71-74, 149).
s De Lefn to political chief, September 21, 1831. Bexar Archives.
4 May 26, 1832 IBexar Archives).
SThis grant embraced the following limits: Beginning with the head-
waters of the Lavaca, the boundary line was to run north-west along
Austin and Williams's colony to the B6jar-Nacogdoches road; following
this, it was to extend toward the northwest [northeast] to the Colorado
River; from there it was to go up the right bank of the Colorado fifteen
leagues; thence in a straight line parallel with the B6jar-Nacogdoches
road to the Guadalupe River; thence down the left bank of this river five
leagues beyond where it crosses the B6jar-Nacogdoches road; and from
there east in a straight line to the point of beginning (Empresario Con-
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