The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 343
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de Bexar. 343
fifth for town lands, he shall give the remainder to the fifteen
families, assigning to each the tra,ct which it should have for its
The lands remaining after this measurement has been made, the
governor shall declare unappropriated lands, so that from them
grants may be made to the families who in future may desire to
settle at that town.
To each of these fifteen families he shall give possession of the
tract of land assigned it, and title to the enjoyment of the poses-
sion of the same in the name of his Majesty, and by virtue of this
order, and ley iv, tit. XII, lib. V, of the Recopilacion de Indias
charging each family to plant trees on the boundaries of its tract
of land, and to make use of the waters of the above mentioned
Arroyo, and of the San Antonio River. The governor must re-
member that, in this division, he shall apportion the tracts of land
and the water equally among all the families, and that if, in any
of the directions he can not make any one or any number of the
squares, on account of the land being occupied, he shall make them
in the other directions. He is, likewise reminded that this order
must be kept in the strong box of the consejo or cabildo, so that
what should be done in the future may always be evident.
A. D. 1731. July 11th at the "Presidio" of
of San Antonio de Bexar, Texas.
Record of the division and distribution of the lands between the
San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, having the advantage
of being irrigated, among the fifteen families from the Canary
Islands by the order of the governor-also the names of those
Don Juan Antonio Perez de Aliamnzan, Captalin of said "Pres-
idio" and Chief Justice of this jurisdiction say: that in conform-
'See note 2 appendix II.
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