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64 INDUCEMENTS OFFERED TO COLONISTS. [1821.
grant of land. He hastened to Natchitoches to meet the
Mexican Commissioner, Seguin, who had been sent to
guide the elder Austin into Texas; here Austin* heard
the sad news of his father's death. Being informed of the
state of affairs, the commissioner was quite willing to
acknowledge Stephen Austin's claims. Seguin and Aus-
tin arrived in San Antonio August 10, 1821, and were
cordially received by the Governor, who granted Austin
permission to explore the country adjacent to the Colo-
rado River and choose what lands he wished. Austin
selected for his colony the region lying south of the San
Antonio road, between the San Jacinto and Lavaca riv-
ers. This included some of the most fertile land in the
province, and was the best choice he could have made.
Inducements Offered to Colonists.- Returning to
New Orleans, Austin advertised for colonists. To each
man over twenty-one he promised six hundred and
forty acres of land; if married, the man received three
hundred and twenty more; each child brought the
father one hundred and sixty acres, while each slave
brought his master eighty acres.t When a colonist built
a mill or any structure of use to the public, he was given
* The " Father of Texas"- for so Stephen F. Austin was affectionately called
among the colonists-was born in Virginia, November 3, 1793. He was edu-
cated at New London, Conn., and Transylvania University, Ky. On going to
Missouri he was elected a member of the 'Missouri Territorial Legislature. In
1819, he moved to Arkansas^where he held the position of circuit judge. His
after life is so closely connecte hence they were given more land thjaswas promised. The head of the
family received 4605 acres; a single man, 1476 a
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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/m1/78/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .