The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 97
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GENERAL LAW OF COLONIZATION
No. 72. DATED 18th AUGUST, 1824.
The Sovereign General Congress, assembled for the purpose of fram-ing
the Constitution of the United Mexican States, has decreed as follows:ART.
1.-The Mexican Nation offers to those foreigners who may bedesirous
of settling in her territory security for their persons and property,
provided they obey the laws of the country.
ART. 2.-This law relates to those lands, national property, which, as
belonging to no individua], corporation or town, may be occupied by
ART. 3.-For this purpose the Congresses of the States shall as
speedily as possible frame laws or regulations for the colonization of
those lands which appertain to them, conforming in every respect with
the fundamental Constitutional Act, the General Constitution, and the
regulations established by this law,
ART. 4.-No lands lying within 20 leagues of the boundaries with any
foreign nation, nor within 10 leagues of the coast, can be occupied by
settlers, without the previous approbation of the Supreme Executive
ART. 5.-If, with a view to the defence or security of the nation, the
government of the federation should think fit to occupy any of the
lands, in order to construct magazines, arsenals, or other public buildings,
it is empowered so to do, with the approbation of the general
Congress, and during its recess with that of the Council of Government.
ABT. 6.-Until 4 vears from the publication of this law, no impost
shall be levied for the admission of those foreigners who may come for
the first time, in order to settle in the nation.
ART. 7.-Until the year 1840 the general Congress shall not prohibit
the admission of foreigners to colonize, excepting, indeed, circumstances
should imperiously oblige it so to do, with regard to the individuals of
ART. 8.-The Government, without defeating the purposes of this
law, shall take those measures of precaution which it may deem expedient
for the security of the federation, with regard to those foreigners
who may come to colonise.
AET. 9.-In the distribution of lands a preference is to be given to
Mexican citizens, and between them no other distinction shall be made
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/105/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .