The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 11
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Empresario Contracts for the Colonization of Texas
following year, because of the influence of General Teran, De Leon
was given the preference in the distribution of lands. Power and
Hewetson were notified by repeated orders from the federal and
state governments that in the selection of lands they should give
the preference to Mexicans.26 Furthermore the empresarios were
obligated to receive as colonists all the families in the town of
Goliad, who desired grants of land.
In 1835 two vessels carrying Irish people were on the high seas
bound for South Texas. At New Orleans the empresarios were
compelled to leave seventy of their number who had contracted
cholera.27 Others had died and been buried at sea. The em-
presarios suffered still another misfortune. They were forced to
abandon the vessels on the beach. The colonists were saved, but
their furniture, farming implements and forges, which they were
bringing with them, were lost.28
When the jefe politico heard of the calamity which had befallen
some of the colonists, he promised to urge the sending of a com-
missioner to them at once, in order that the shipwrecked victims
might be placed in possession of their lands as promptly as possible.
A commissioner by the name of Guajardo, who had been in the
colony issuing titles to the first colonists, had died. The jefe
politico complained that he had not respected the preference that
should be given the inhabitants of Goliad. He warned Power
and Hewteson that they should see that the new commissioner
should follow the instructions of the government.29 The governor
appointed Manuel del Moral as the new commissioner, but he soon
resigned and Jesus Vidaurri was appointed in 1834.30
When Power and Hewetson made their contract, the mission at
Refugio within their grant was still in use; but when it was
shortly afterwards abandoned, the empresarios in 1830 petitioned
the government that they be allowed to establish their central
town on that location."- They proposed to buy the buildings of the
abandoned mission and to indemnify the owners of the deserted
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929, periodical, 1929; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101089/m1/15/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.