Newcomers had to take an oath promising to abide by the federal and state constitutions

barryqwalsh

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On this day in 1825, the Mexican legislature, meeting in Saltillo, passed the State Colonization Law of March 24, 1825. The legislation was designed to bring about the peopling of Coahuila and Texas. It encouraged farming, ranching, and commerce. For a nominal fee, the law granted settlers as much as a square league (4,428.4 acres) of pastureland and alabor (177.1 acres) of farmland. Immigrants were temporarily free of every kind of tax. Newcomers had to take an oath promising to abide by the federal and state constitutions, to worship according to the Christian (i.e., Catholic) religion, and to display sound moral principles and good conduct. After accepting these terms and settling in Texas, immigrants earned the standing of naturalized Mexicans. Empresarios Stephen F. Austin and Green DeWitt, among others, started their colonies under this law.

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Funny the academic hoops we make immigrants jump through we don't apply to our own native-born citizens. Love to see a citizenship test at DMV like we insist immigrants need (yet strangely don't require tourists and people here for business to take.)
 

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Mexicans learns what happens when you ask Gringo's to come and settle in your country....
 

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