The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 12
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be secured, since some owners would not be willing to make agree-
ments with the Society. Temporarily, however, he and Bourgeois
had begun negotiations with a Mr. Cassiano and others under the
suggested half-league settlement plan. The land under consider-
ation was situated at the confluence of the Cibolo with the San
Antonio River about half way to the coast from San Antonio.
A settlement at that place would serve as a station for those set-
tlers who would desire to go farther into the interior. In the
course of time the settlement might become a trading center, since
the San Antonio River with an average depth of at least four feet
up to this place could be made navigable and since the place was
on the way from the coast to the Medina and from Victoria to
Laredo. Prince Solms surmised, perhaps erroneously, that mer-
chants from Mexico, because of the shorter distance, would go
there to trade instead of going to San Antonio. Only two leagues
were offered him on the partial settlement plan, making the
equivalent of only one league available for settlement. Prince
Solms did not push the San Antonio-Cibolo proposal, because
the Society intended to place at least one hundred families on
each settlement and give each family one hundred acres of land.
The proposal had the other disadvantage of not leaving the
Society any lands to sell profitably at a later time when they had
enhanced in value.24
Prince Solms tried to make an agreement with McMullen to
settle half of his tract of sixteen leagues on the Medina. Although
McMullen was at first favorable to the proposition, he decided
finally that he would dispose of his land by sale alone. Prince
Solms liked the land, since it was very fertile and had numerous
After presenting these propositions to the Society, Prince Solms
advised as follows: first, secure enough land at the confluence of
the Cibolo with the San Antonio in any manner possible in order
that all of the settlers coming the first year might be settled there;
second, acquire the McMullen tract on the Medina in whole or in
24The proposal of a settlement at the junction of the Cibolo with the
San Antonio met with favor in Texas, for on October 30, over two months
later, the Telegraph and Texas Register contained an article about it in
which the fertility of the soil, the purity of the water, the beauty of the
location, and the commercial prospects of the place were stressed. The
name of San Bartolo had already been chosen for the new town which was
to be erected. The article mentioned only Bourgeois d'Orvanne and neither
Prince Solms nor the Society.
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