The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 432
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Land Grants in the Lower Rio Grande Valley from Agricultural History
northern Tamaulipas in competition with the vast unoccupied
tracts of fertile farming land open for settlement in Texas.
The authorities of Tamaulipas early realized the importance
of increasing the relatively thin population in the northern
regions of that state. Like the authorities of Texas, those of
Tamaulipas supplemented the Federal Colonization Law of 1824
with a state law designed to encourage colonization, native or
foreign, on its vacant lands.2 Although natives received prefer-
ence under the Tamaulipas Colonization Law of 1826, foreigners
would be admitted to colonize if they registered as domiciled in
2John and Henry Sayles, Early Laws of Texas (3 vols.; St. Louis, 1891),
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/540/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.