The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 342
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was to be binding, if it allowed the contractor for transportation
and other expenses over one-half of the land to which such per-
sons were entitled. The contractor was to pay all expenses relat-
ing to the surveying, but this did not release the colonist from
his obligation to reimburse the contractor. The contractors were
to receive ten sections of land for every one hundred families
introduced, and "in the same ratio of half sections for every one
hundred single men introduced and settled." No fractional num-
ber less than a hundred was to be allowed in a premium. A fail-
ure on the part of the contractor was not to. deprive the colonists
already introduced of their rights and "quotas of land." One-
third of the whole number of families and single persons provided
for in the contract were to be introduced before the expiration of
one year from the date of the contract, else the contract was to be
On February 5, 1842, the act of January 4, 1841, "Granting
Lands to Emigrants," was extended so that the president could
make contracts with any colonization companies that he might "in
his judgment" approve.87
Before discussing the French colonization of Texas, we shall
turn aside to notice the unsuccessful attempt to pass through
congress a land bill, known as the "Franco-Texienne Bill." On
July 21, 1841, there appeared in The Austin City Gazette a copy
of the "Franco-Texienne Bill," and a discussion of it. According
to this bill, Jean Pierre Hippolyte Basterreche, Pierre Francoise
de Hassauex, and their associates were to be formed "into a body
corporate," and were to have the rights and privileges belonging
to corporations, necessary to carry out their contract. Before
January 1, 1849, they were to settle in Texas eight thousand emi-
grants above the age of seventeen. One thousand were to be
settled within two years after the passage of the act, with an
additional thousand each year until eight thousand had been set-
tled. The emigrants were to take the oath of allegiance to the
Texan government and were to be subject to its laws.
The company was to establish and maintain a line of posts for
military service from a point "thirty miles above the town of
80Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 554-557.
87Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 785-786.
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