The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 344
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
ity with the order at the beginning of these proceedings relating
to the partition and distribution of irrigable and arable lands of-
dered to be executed among the fifteen Islander families; in con-
sideration that in the whole space and neighborhood correspond-
ing to the four surveys I ordered to be made,' and which have been
executed for this new settlement, there are not to be found any
other arable lands than those situated between the San Antonio
River and the San Pedro Creek which waters this "Presidio",
which ground extends in form of Peninsula from north to south,
which lands measured and surveyed with all possible care and ac-
curacy, notwithstanding the difficulties encountered in some of
the windings of said San Antonio River because of its being very
timbered, I have found, as I have said in another report, ten
"caballerias"2 and three quarters of a "caballeria" of arable lands,
every portion of it susceptible of being irrigated and cultivated,
from which quantity of land, by my order of the eighth instant
to that effect, a little more than two "caballerias" have been set
apart as commons" for this new settlement remaining free more
than eight "caballerias" of land to be distributed between said
families, reserving some more to be distributed in the future
among settlers that may come to join these families; and in order
to do it with the greatest equity and notwithstanding the survey
made of all the lands of the "Potrero", it has been necessary to
make two separate measures of said lands, one of them measured
so as to show the lands clear and free from any timber, which was
executed by me from the limits of the "Presidio" and in a line
from north to south were found lands clear of timber and culti-
vated by the ancient settlers1 of this "Presidio" excepting some
windings, which have been cleared by said families, which land
was found to measure twenty-four "cordeles" of seventy varas each
in length, making one thousand six hundred and eighty usual
1This doubtless means the surveys of the inner town, of the commons,
of the farm land, and of the pasture land in accordance with the vice-
roy's order of November 8, 1730. (See appendix III.)
'See Reopilacion, lib. IV, tit. XII, ley i.
"See appendix III.
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