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1 Anglo American Colonization of Texas 1800-1830

2 "Interest in Texas Grows
Among Anglo Americans"

3 Americans Move West After the United Sates gained its freedom from Great Britain in 1783, Anglo Americans began searching for new areas to settle. Some Americans ventured across the Mississippi River. They dreamt of new homes in the West. Anglo Americans – People whose ancestors moved from one of many European countries to the United States and who now share a common culture and language.

4 Why were settlers coming to Texas?
They were attracted to the plentiful and inexpensive land. They were seeking adventure and personal gain. They sought escape from problems in the United States. browne/browne03.jpg

5 Americans Move West Authorities in New Spain wanted to stop the U.S. government from claiming land west of the Mississippi River. New Spain was afraid that if Americans came West, they would outnumber the Spaniards and take over.

6 Spain Controls Immigration
Initially, Spain tried to control the movement of American immigrants by allowing Anglo Americans to settle in Missouri on generous land grants IF they agreed to: 1. pledge their loyalty to the Spanish government 2. become Catholics (many were not) Immigrants – a person who comes to a country to settle

7 Spain Controls Immigration
By making the settlers agree to the two conditions, Spain hoped: to populate the area to extend Spanish rule and the new settlers would help prevent other Anglo Americans from entering the territory illegally.

8 Spain Controls Immigration
empresario – an agent who makes all arrangements to bring settlers to a colony recruit – to persuade someone to join a group

Moses Austin was from Connecticut. Austin was interested in lead mining. After hearing about George Morgan’s colony in current-day Missouri, Moses Austin moved there to operate a lead mine. texas/colonization.htm

Initially things went well for Austin until he lost his fortune and was deep in debt. He decided that helping colonists locate in Texas was a good way to make money and pay off his debt.

He wanted to bring 300 US families to Texas. Moses Austin presented a petition to the Spanish government. (petition – formal written request) Do you think the Spanish Government is going to say, “yes” to more U.S. settlers to enter Spanish Texas? (The Spanish government was skeptical because of the filibusters who had attempted to seize/take over Spanish lands.)

Believing his petition was going to be approved, Moses Austin headed east to start recruiting colonists for Texas. He became ill and was dying when he learned that his petition was officially approved by the Spanish officials. On his deathbed, Austin asked his son, Stephen F. Austin, to carry out his dream of colonizing Texas. texas/colonization.htm

13 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN At 27, Stephen F. Austin put aside his plans of practicing law and went to Texas to fulfill his father’s wishes. Erasmo Seguin (mayor of San Antonio de Bexar) had traveled to Louisiana to meet with him photo at people/a_c/austin.htm

14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Where would Austin put these colonists he was bringing to Texas? Austin’s first job was to choose a site for his colony. He chose the area between Lavaca and San Jacinto Rivers. area easy for settlers to clear received enough rainfall for crops area good to grow sugar cane, cotton, corn, and other familiar crops photo at

15 Austin traveled to New Orleans to recruit colonists.
Austin looked for people who were willing to accept hard times and could provide for themselves.

16 How it Worked Stephen F. Austin was the first to get his contract approved by the Spanish (and then the Mexican) government… so he was the first empresario (he was also the most successful) Each empresario would sign a contract with the government of Mexico whereby they promised to settle a certain number of families (in Austin’s first contract he was supposed to settle 300 families) REQUIREMENTS FOR SETTLING IN TEXAS: You had to become a citizen of your new country (Spain, and later Mexico) You had to become Catholic You had to be of good moral character


18 The Old Three Hundred By 1824, Austin had 297 families and single men who had received land in his colony. These settlers were infamously known as THE OLD THREE HUNDRED. Among the 1,790 colonists in 1825 about 440 were slaves of African and Caribbean decent. These colonists were very well educated and law abiding and many came from the southern U.S. including several from Louisiana. Some women even held land grants in Austin’s colony which was untraditional for that time. One of the most influential was Jane Long, the widow of James Long.

19 Settlers Arrive in Texas
Beginning in 1821, settlers came to Texas. Austin purchased a small vessel named “Lively” to transport the colonists. Some colonists landed at the wrong river (the Brazos, instead of the Colorado) and didn’t see Austin. These colonists were frustrated and returned back to their homes in New Orleans. Lively

20 Characteristics of The Old Three Hundred
mostly U.S. southerners mostly farmers many slaveholders mostly law-abiding fairly well educated

21 OLD THREE HUNDRED Settlers who were farmers received one labor, or 177 acres. Settlers who raised cattle received a sitio, or a square league of 4,428 acres. Many settlers received both. Once the settlers were selected to come to Texas, they were given land titles, or proof of ownership of the land.

22 Cheap Land Land was 12 cents an acre.
Every man who came to Austin for land would receive: 640 acres for himself 320 acres for his wife 160 acres for each child 80 acres for each slave

23 Austin’s Leadership The first years in the colony were tough. drought
attacks by Karankawas many colonists returning to the United States Austin’s colony was successful. This success was due to Austin’s leadership.

24 Once Austin found out that Mexico had gained its independence from Spain, he traveled over 1,000 miles to Mexico to obtain permission for his colony. After a year, he received the approval of the Mexican government for his colony. During this year, Austin learned to speak Spanish and won the trust of Mexican officials.

25 Austin deals successfully with Mexican leaders.
Austin was awarded grants under national colonization laws. Austin influenced laws that freed colonists from taxes. Austin also obtained homestead rights for the colonists. These rights meant that settlers’ land and tools could not be seized to pay back a debt.

26 Mexico’s New Colonization Laws
Effects on Settlement in Texas State Colonization Law of 1825 National Colonization Law of 1824 allowed each Mexican state to set its own colonization policies restricted new U.S. immigrants from establishing colonies near the borders or the coast Empresarios received 67,000 acres of land for every 200 families - heads of household received 4,428 acres of land for $30 and exempt from paying taxes for 10 years huge wave of immigration, particularly U.S. immigration to Texas several new colonies established

27 Early Problems in Austin’s Colony
Stephen F Austin returned to his colony in August 1823 along with Baron Bastrop to issue the official land titles. He found that several settlers had already left and others were threatening to leave. Major droughts had ruined many of the first crops and raids by the Karankawa and Tonkawa Indians left little food and supplies.

28 Stephen F Austin’s Contributions to Texas
He will forever be known as “The Father of Texas”

29 If you were an empresario, which land grant would you have wanted and why?
Mexican Land Grants,

30 Other Empresarios Martin de Leon- was the only Mexican empresario to found a Texas colony made up of primarily Mexican settlers. Lorenzo de Zavala- was active in Mexican politics and received a grant to settle 500 families in East Texas. He sold the land before establishing the colonies

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