List of Titles made under the first contract with the Mexican nation for settling ...
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List of Titles made under the first contract with the Mexican nation for settling 300 families / 1824, 1827 / Austin Papers
Ledger recording the first settlers in Austin's original colony. Those settlers, the first Americans to settle in Texas legally, are known today as the Old Three Hundred. Austin's original plan for land distribution was superseded by a colonization law in 1823 by which each family received not less than one labor (177 acres) or one league (4428 acres) of land depending on whether the head of household was a farmer or stockman. Commissioner Baron de Bastrop issued the lands and titles to settlers designated by Austin. The three hundred families were nearly all in Texas by 1824, and the work of issuing the titles continued until 1827. One of the premier documents of Texas history, Austin's ledger lists the name of the settler and designates the location and quantities of land and the date of title.