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ERA OF COLONIZATION.
USTIN'S COLONY.-While the stilring events of
the last epoch were happening, rumors of the
wonderful soil and climate of Texas spread far and wide.
Many a fugitive from the ill-fated expeditions bore the
story of his adventures to distant States. It happened
that numbers of these adventurers were entertained in
Missouri at the hospitable home of
Moses Austin,* a man of strong character and untir-
ing energy. Being charmed by the description of the
Sunny South land, he resolved to visit Texas and secure
a tract of land for colonization. He could not have
chosen a more favorable time. Mexico had just passed
through a revolution, and the most liberal section of the
*Moses Austin was born in Connecticut about 1764. At the age of 20 he
married Miss Maria Brown of Philadelphia. In partnership with his brother
Stephen he carried on business in Philadelphia and Richmond, but at a later
date the brothers bought lead-mines in Virginia (Wythe Co.) and established large
factories for the making of shot and sheet lead. They were unfortunate and lost
much by speculations. In 1799 Austin obtained a grant of a league of land in
Missouri (then belonging, as a part of Louisiana, to Spin), and with his family went
to make another fortune in the West. For 21 years he lived here, loved and
respected by all. In 1818 the Bank of St. Louis failed; Austin, being a stock-
holder, gave up everything he possessed to the creditors of the bank. At the age
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/75/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .