The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992 Page: 514
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Cover: Stick Stock [Surveyors zn Texas before Annexatzon to the U.S.] by Theodore
Gentilz, ca. 1844. Oil on canvas, io x 71/ inches. Courtesy Mr. Larry Sheerzn.
Land has always assumed mythic proportions in Texas. Struggles
between the Spanish, French, Mexican, and American empires over
Texas land, and the struggles of individual ranchers and landowners,
have often been rancorous and frequently violent. This painting by
Theodore Gentilz documents the work of Texas colonist Henri Castro's
chief surveyor John James at the site of the Castroville colony on the
Medina River. The artist Gentilz, who did surveying work himself and
who assisted John James, may be the central figure sighting the line.
The man on horseback may be James. An article by Galen D. Greaser
and Jesus F. de la Teja in this issue discusses the attempts of the Bourland
and Miller Commission to peacefully settle land claims in Texas during
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992, periodical, 1992; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117153/m1/514/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.