The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 79
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1883
good enough to bring it to the attention of congress. The regency
can then decide upon what is best.
May God keep Your Excellencies many years."
Report of the Regency
This important project is recommended to the sovereign congress
not only because of the proposed increase in the population in a
province that is almost deserted, but also because of the class of
the settlers proposed. The regency abstains from discussing the
proposals made by the authors of this memorial, for naturally they
ought to be taken up in the colonization plan that is now pending
and which it is urgent to adopt promptly in order to prevent the
evils that an arbitrary establishment of colonists in that country
may produce in the Empire, especially if the news which the com-
mandant general of the Provinces of the East reported to the re-
gency on the eleventh of the present month, is true.
Report of the Committee on Colonization
The commission on colonization has, with the greatest care, exam-
ined the petition presented by Diego Barry, Tadeo Ortiz, and
Philip O'Reilly, and it has heard all that these persons have to
say concerning the introduction of families from Ireland and the
Canary Islands to colonize a considerable portion of the province
of Texas. The reasons in favor of this proposition are very weighty
and the commission proceeds to explain them. Reduced to a brief
summary, they are as follows:
The situation of Texas, its fertility, and its abundant waters
make it superior to any other province of the Empire and this
alone would be sufficient reason for giving attention to the develop-
ment of its agriculture, industry and commerce as a matter of
first consideration. The aforesaid advantages and the proximity
of this country to the United States have long encouraged in that
power the desire to possess it. This is a desire they will gratify
'Sec. 6. Expediente 26, Legajo 4. Transcripts from Archivo de la Sec-
retarfa de Fomento: Colonizaci6n y Terrenos Baldios, Archivo General
de Mewico. Unless otherwise indicated, all references will be to this
collection of transcripts.
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