The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 83
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1838
15. The petitioners shall forfeit the portion of the lands granted
them which they themselves do not cultivate, which others do not
cultivate, or which is not cultivated or used in some useful or
advantageous way within the period or expiration of six years,
counting from the day on which they take possession of it.
16. The provincial deputation or, in its absence, the political
chiefs, or those who perform the duties of these officials, shall see
to the fulfillment of the above named provisions. The lack of such
fulfillment shall make this contract null and void.7
A NEW PROJECT, 1830-1833
Ortiz to Alamdn
Consulate of the United States of Mexico in Burdeos,
Excellent Sir- June 26, 1830.
I have with great satisfaction learned that the government of
the Union is zealously occupied, as a matter of first consideration,
with the important questions of colonization and fortification.
These the intergrity and security of the Republic along the fron-
tiers and seacoasts in Texas imperiously demand. I believe that
this is one of the most interesting points connected with the well-
being of my country in all its relations; and, as such, I have been
promoting it with the greatest zeal, although unfortunately with-
out results, in Spain since the year 1820 and in Mexico from the
time of the establishment of the imperial government. I now de-
sire with the most intense ardor to contribute to this glorious under-
taking in order that the arrangements of the government may have
the desired wholesome effects. With due regard to the urgency of
this matter, arrangements should be made in accordance with the
wise suggestions upon this particular question made in the report
of the committee from the Chamber of Deputies. These are cer-
tainly excellent and need only an addition or so, especially if the
government assume control of all the frontier zone twenty leagues
in width from Bahia de Sabinas to the 42d degree north latitude
which runs between Texas, New Mexico, and the United States of
America and of all the seashore from Bahia de Sabinas to the mouth
of Rio Bravo. This should be done in order to form military and
private colonies in the said zone and in the ten littoral leagues as
'Eapediente 8, 26, Legajo 4.
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