History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell. Page: 27 of 227
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also beyond the Rio Grande. Mexico, even under the
government of Old Spain, had been unable to subdue
or restrain them, and she would have had to aban.
don Texas altogether, if not other parts of her territory,
had she not found a hardy people, willing, for the sake
of a small portion of her soil, to go in and subdue
Another object which Mexico had in view, in opening
Texas to Colonization, was evidently the increase
of her national wealth and strength by the settlement
of a rich portion of her territory by industrious and
enterprising foreigners, which she knew could never be
subdued and settled by her own people.
In addition to this, Mexico was probably stimulated
somewhat by the example of the liberal and successful
plan adopted by the United States of the North, in re.
spect to the emigration of foreigners into her territory,
as she had previously been, by the successful revolu.
tion of those States, excited to throw off the Spanish
The conditions of the grant of the Colonization of
Texas were, on the part of Mexico, that the families
introduced should be limited in number-at first to
300; that they should be families from Louisiana, and
Catholics, being hence of Spanish and French descent;
that they should build churches, support schools and
the Catholic religion, and particularly have their chil.
dren taught the Spanish language. These conditions
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Newell, Chester. History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell., book, 1838; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6109/m1/27/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .