The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 144
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tion, told him that he had full permission to colonize the land that
through Manchola had been granted him in 1829.1
Thus was the greater portion of the vacant lands in De Witt's
colony disposed of to Mexican empresarios. But the Mexican gov-
ernment was careful to order that in the lands assigned to De
Le6n and Campos the rights of all previous settlers be respected.
Mexico's desire to conciliate Anglo-Americans while she legislated
against them often led to curious results, and perhaps explains the
additional order that Letona issued when he again made valid De
Le6n's second contract. In the territory between the grants that
had been given to the two Mexican empresarios there were still
some unoccupied lands. The governor now ordered that into this
territory there be collected for De Witt all the scattered families
of the department which belonged to no other colony. Stephen F.
Austin and Jos6 Antonio Navarro were even appointed to make
an estimate of the number of such families and of the cost of
transporting them to this section.2 But, if there was ever an at-
tempt to carry into effect such an impracticable scheme, no record
of it has yet been found.
It had now become evident that Mexico, in dealing with the col-
onists, had adopted a pohcy of restriction and control utterly at
variance to that under which the Anglo-Americans had been in-
vited to enter Texas. Such measures as the law of April 6, 1830,
that of April 28, 1832, the military occupation of Texas, the
closing of certain Texas ports, and the attempt at the strict col-
lection of duties amply illustrate this policy. The irritation roused
by these measures among the colonists passed by easy stages into
VIii. The Colony in the Revolution.
The part that De Witt's colonists played during the period pre-
ceding the actual outbreak of hostilities can not be understood
without bearing constantly m mind the location of the colony. It
was the frontier Anglo-American settlement on the side toward
Mexico, and its capital, Gonzales, lay about midway between B6jar
on the west and San Felipe on the east. The inhabitants of this
section of the country no doubt sympathized from the very first
1 Letona to the political chief, August 4, 1832 (Appendix to Empresari6'
Contracts, IV 42).
2 Ram6n Musquiz to the governor, August 14, 1831 (Appendix to Em-
presario Contracts, I 235-236) ; Letona to political chief, September 2, 1831
(Ibid., 239) ; Campos to political chief, May 12, 1832 (Ibid., II 256);
Campos to political chief, August 4, 1832 (Ibid., IV 42).
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