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actually located. Some of the grants were augmentations of
previous grants, and in some cases, perhaps, the ones to whom the
titles were issued did not occupy or cultivate the land. However,
we may say that since De Leon petitioned to introduce only forty-
one families he was successful in his endeavor. The contract did
not specify a definite number of families, but it called for the
establishment of the town of Victoria. In that De Leon was
successful. The town remains today a tribute to the work of this
Mexican empresario. We may say then that he of all the minor
empresarios was the only one who fulfilled his contract completely.
The Power and Hewetson Colony
James Power, a native of Ireland, and James Hewetson, a resi-
dent of Monclova, contracted on June 11, 1828, with the legislature
of Coahuila and Texas to introduce into Texas two hundred
families, one-half of whom were to be Mexicans and the others
Irish.22 The approval of the central government had been
previously obtained because the grant was within the ten coastal
leagues.23 The boundaries were as follows:
Beginning on the left bank of the River Guadalupe at the
angular point, where it empties into the sea. Thence following
the line of the Sea Coast Eastwards, to the mouth of the La Vaca
creek: Thence with the right bank of this Creek, the precise dis-
tance of Ten leagues: Then a line shall be run Westward, parallel
with the Coast, on a border Ten leagues, until it meets the river
Guadalupe and thence downwards, on the Left bank of this river,
to the place of beginning.24
When Power and Hewetson found that the territory of their
grant was sufficient for not more than half of the two hundred
families, they petitioned for and received in March, 1829, an ex-
tension of their grant southward to the Nueces River.25
As was seen in the previous division, a conflict of claims arose
between the Mexican empresario, De Leon, and the Irish em-
presarios, Power and Hewetson. The governor refused to annul
the Power and Hewetson contract as De Leon requested, but the
2Translations of Empresario Contracts, 142.
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