The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 341
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bexar.
sions (suertes), and distribute them in just proportion among the
first settlers. The remainder shall be unappropriated lands
(valdias) to be given to such families as may afterwards come.
From the farm lands he shall reserve the amount he may think
proper as public lands; so that from these public arable lands and
from the above mentioned public pasture lands, which shall to-
gether compose the lands for the town, it may be possible to secure
from the yield or rent, the salaries of the regidores and the ex-
penses incident upon the public duties which the consejo has to
In order that the division of lots, commons, pastures, and farm
lands may be made with such exactness that it will be possible
to apportion -the lands destined four the inner town, as well as the
irrgable, the non-irrigable, and the pasture lands; and in order
that the settlers may have an equal share in each class, the gov-
ernor, using the map on which there are marked out from the
door of the church four exact squares--the laterals not being
marked off (and these are sufficient for the families who are now
coming andl for those who nilay soon come)--shall measure frornm the
door of the church, passing over the four squares above mentioned,
one thousand and niney-three usual varas containing three thou-
sand two hundred and eighty geometric feet or tercias in a straight
line from the church door in one direction, making up twelve
blocks. From the door of the church, including the church itself,
he shall measure one thousand and niney-three varas in the oppo-
site direction in which shall be included twelve other squares and
streets. From the door of the church, on one side, he shall meas-
ure one thousand and ninety-three varas containing twelve other
blocks and streets. From the same door, on the other side, he
shall measure one thousand and ninety-three varas in which shall
be twelve other blocks and streets-all of the same size, each
block containing two hundred and forty feet square-every geo-
metric foot equal to a third of a usual vara-and each street be-
tween the blocks forty feet wide. Having thus formed a cross
with the church as a center, he shall make a square on the four
sides of the whole area or plan with a cord one thousand and
Cf. ibid., ley miv.
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