The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988 Page: 33
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Land Grants in the Robertson Colony Area
MALCOLM D. MCLEAN*
THE TEXAS COLONIZATION CONTRACT THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME
known as Robertson's Colony occupied an area in the heart of Texas
about one hundred miles wide. Beginning at the point where the road
from San Antonio to Nacogdoches crossed the Brazos River and extend-
ing northwest up the Brazos for two hundred miles, Robertson's Colony
included most of the land between the present cities of Fort Worth and
Austin. After the Texas Revolution, that area was broken up to form all
or part of thirty present-day Texas counties: Bastrop, Bell, Bosque, Brazos,
Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Erath,
Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone,
McLennan, Milam, Mills, Palo Pinto, Parker, Robertson, Somervell,
Stephens, and Williamson.'
The colonization project was launched in Nashville, Tennessee, under
the name of the Texas Association, immediately after the United States
recognized the independence of Mexico. On March 2, 1822, seventy
members signed a petition addressed to the Mexican government, ask-
ing for permission to settle in Texas. Robert Leftwich took the petition
to Mexico City and stayed there for three years trying to get a coloniza-
tion contract. Finally, after all the money advanced by him by the Texas
* Malcolm D McLean is head of the Robertson Colony Collection and professor emeritus
at Texas Christian University A graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autbnoma de
Mexico (M A in Spanish) and the University of Texas at Austin (B A , Ph.D. in Spanish),
he has pubhshed extensively on Texas and Mexican history, as well as on Spanish-language
literature He has received numerous awards and honors from organizations in both Mexico
and the United States and is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.
'This introduction is based in large part on material in Malcolm D. McLean (comp
and ed ), Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas (13 vols , Vols. I - III, Fort Worth:
Texas Christian University Press, 1974 - 1976, Introductory Volume and Vols IV - XII,
Arlington, Tex.. The UTA Press, 1977- 1986)
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