The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 340
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thereon, indicating to them the limits marked out by the stakes so
that they may not go beyond them. He shall assign the blocks
facing the plaza to the principal families,1 giving to each one of
them possession and title to the corresponding block or lot by vir-
tue of this order, so that it may enjoy its possessions. If the fam-
ilies desire at once to go to their lot, (which the governor shall
encourage them to do, in order that they may more quickly build
their houses) he shall see that the tent which each family carries,
or the awning, or the hut of twigs which it may think more suitable
for its dwelling,2 be placed in the center of its block.
In addition to these blocks and streets, the governor shall, with
cord and plow, mark out others for such families as may be added
to these fifteen, or may desire to join them.8
Likewise he shall go with intelligent persons to examine the
land suitable for cultivation adjoining the lands assigned as blocks
for the settlement. These are to the north and south of the pres-
idio. Having reserved as much as he may think necessary both
for these families and for those who may come in the future, he
shall set apart a sufficient amount for commons (exidos),4 so that
if the population increases, the people will have ample recreation
grounds, and room for the stock to graze without doing any
In addition to these cmrnons, he shall liay off sufficient lands for
pastures (dehesas) on which to keep the work oxen, the horses,
the stock for the slaughter-houses that may be subsequently built,
and the other stock which by law the settlers are required to keep.
Goterminous with the pasture lands, he shall set a.piart others
as the property of the consejo or cabildo (propios) 5 which is to
be formed from these families and those who may join them.
In addition to the pasture lands, he shall mark off the farm
lands (tierras de labor) making just as many tracts as there are
lots in the town. From the irrigable lands he shall make divi-
oCf. ibid, leyes v and m.
O2Cf. ibid., ley iii and tit. VII, ley x .
3COf. ibid., ley xi.
4Cf. ibid., tit. VII, ley miii.
Cf. ibid.,tit. XII, ley vi.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905, periodical, 1905; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/m1/347/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.