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tlements east of the Rio Grande, sparing the lives
of the herdsmen, not from motives of humanity,
but bedause they deemed it impolitic to kill those
who were so useful in raising horses and mules for
the benefit of the Comanches.* The untaught
economists of the prairies, while they secured the
golden eggs, perceived the wisdom of sparing the
prolific goose.
It has been stated that the Imperial Concession of
18th February, 1823, assigned no specific limits to
Austin's first colony of three hundred families. It
might, however, have been assumed that the settlers
would have voluntarily chosen to locate their grants
within a narrow compass, for the purpose of neighbourly
intercourse, as well as mutual security
against the Indians. But the rambling dispositions
of the colonists, unrestrained by these considerations,
led them to disperse from the east bank of the La
Baca'river to the San Jacinto, and from the gulf shore
to the upper, or San Antonio, road. The perils
and privations inseparable from this mode of settlement
would have been intolerable to any save
North Americans. To Mr. Austin, it could not
have been satisfactory, rendering, as it did, the task
of government and protection much more difficult
and expensive. It was only permitted on the ground
that a scattered settlement, within reasonable bounds,
would be ultimately of greater general advantage
than one within contracted limits, provided the
colonists could defend themselves against Indian
aggression. As they entertained no apprehensions

* Edwards' Texas.

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