The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 60
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1749 Escand6n ordered the town of Vedoya to be founded on the
Nueces. Later he explored in person as far as present-day Corpus
Christi and founded a town in the vicinity known as San Miguel
Archangel. From Corpus Christi he sent Captain Basterra to
remove the mission of La Bahia from Mission Valley on the Guada-
lupe to the present site of Goliad. Basterra founded Goliad in 1749.
Many of the soldiers who thereafter were stationed at the
presidio of La Bahia were Tamaulipecanos, among them being
the Aldretes, Mancholas, De la Garzas, and the like.
Overlooked is the Tamaulipecan colonization of the coastal
area between the Guadalupe and the Nueces. Martin de Le6n, a
Tamaulipecano, after taking up ranchos in the brasados of the
Nueces, and on both sides of the Aransas, founded the town of
Victoria, on the Guadalupe. This, it may be noted, was subse-
quent to 1805, when the Nueces had been adjudicated to be the
boundary of Nuevo Santander. Tough old Don Martin paid little
attention, however, to any law which interfered with his per-
The Escand6n towns on the Rio Grande are of importance to
the history of our area, because the pueblo ejidos of most of them
extended to both sides of the river, thereby making the history
of Matamoros, Reynosa, Camargo, Revilla, Laredo, and others,
of equal interest to Texas history students.
When Colonel Henry L. Kinney essayed to set himself up in
business at Corpus Christi, he invaded Tamaulipecan territory,
and set the government and armed forces of that state at defiance.
It is generally overlooked among lay-historians that Tamaulipas,
and the other Mexican border states had colonization laws sim-
ilar to those of Coahuila and Texas. These laws, and colonization
under them, form subjects of lengthy study. Some of the colonial
grants in the trans-Nueces were as large as whole counties, and
there is hardly one of these grants which is not worthy of his-
There are also numerous notable political figures connected
with Tamaulipecan Texas, who are of common interest. Colonel
Escand6n, I have mentioned. Tomas SAnchez, Captain Basterra,
Martin de Le6n, Captain Felipe Portilla, Villasefior, Bernardo
Gutierrez de Lara, General Antonio Canales, Colonel Antonio
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