The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 20
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In April, 1832, Cameron received an additional term of three
years for each of his contracts. With the extension, neither con-
tract had expired when the Texas Revolution began.21
Cameron petitioned for and had appointed a commissioner to
issue titles to land to his colonists. The commissioner, Jos6 Maria
Portillo, was appointed on July 28, 1835, which was too late to
have the land surveyed and the titles issued before the opening of
the Texas Revolution.22 Consequently the records in the Land
Office show no titles issued in his colony.23 In Cameron's petition
for the commissioner he wrote,
. . . this place is distant from the capital, infested by Indians
and scarce of provisions and other difficulties of importance.
If the commissioner was appointed not because of the above
reasons, but because he had introduced one hundred families and
was ready to issue their titles, Cameron may be said to have partly
fulfilled his contract and was entitled to premium lands for the
one hundred families. No record so far examined has shown that
he received any premium lands.
Colonel Juan Dominguez
On March 18, 1829, Colonel Juan Dominguez, a native Mexican
who had served many years in the Mexican army, applied for a
colonization grant in Texas.24 The government with reference to
his petition wrote:
S. . his petition merits approval as well because of the
service he has rendered the country . . . as because this
officer being at the head of the Colony in an interesting section
of our frontier his presence would give great confidence, and
afford security to the country and the protection of the territory.25
The contract was signed May 6, 1829, for two hundred families
to be located in the following territory:
Beginning on the River Arkansas at the point where the said
"lSayles, Early Laws of Texas, I, 81.
22Translations of Empresario Contracts, 334.
"'Titles in Spanish Archives of the Land Office of Texas.
2'Translations of Empresario Contracts, 178.
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