The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 65
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general, and on March 22, 1832, the governor instructed the polit-
ical chief to cause the commissioner, Piedras, to be furnished with
such stamped paper as he might require for that purpose."9 Before
Piedras could carry out his instructions he had been expelled from
Nacogdoches by an uprising of the American settlers, and this
ended the efforts of the government to put the Indians in possession
of their lands. Shortly after this Teran committed suicide and
was succeeded as commandant general by General Vicente Filisola,
the holder of an empresario grant himself. Governor Letona, bit-
terly hostile to the Americans, fell a victim of yellow fever and
was succeeded by Beramendi, a warm friend of Texas.60
In 1833 the Cherokees with the assistance of the Americans took
steps to secure the titles to their lands. A number of the Indians
proceeded to San Antonio to lay before the political chief a peti-
tion expressing their desires, and giving the boundary of the lands
that they wanted. On July 20, he gave them a pass to visit the
governor at Monclova. On August 21, Governor Beramendi gave
them a document which promised that they would not be disturbed
until the supreme government could investigate; but because the
time limit for the settlement of David G. Burnet's grant had not
expired he could not put them in full possession.1"
The matter was still unsettled in 1835. On March 10, the polit-
ical chief wrote that the supreme government of the State would
not let the Cherokees, Coshattoes, and other Indians be disturbed
until the supreme government could pass on the subject. On May
12, the congress of Coahuila and Texas passed a resolution de-
Art. 1. In order to secure the peace and tranquility of the
State, the Government is authorized to select, out of the vacant
lands of Texas, that land which may appear most appropriate, for
the location of the peaceable and civilized Indians which may have
been introduced into Texas.
Art. 2. It shall establish with them a line of defense along the
frontier to secure the State against the incursions of the barbarious
This was the last act of the Mexican government with regard to
""Winkler, "The Cherokee Indians in Texas," op. cit., 155; Record of
Translations of Empresario Contracts, 90.
"oWinkler, "The Cherokee Indians in Texas," op. cit., 156, 157.
"Laws of Coavuila and Texas, 300.
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