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October 26, 2007

Extending Colonization Grants of Lorenzo de Zavala and McMullen-McGloin’s Irish Colonists

40. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). LAWS (January 27, 1834). [Decree extending the Lorenzo de Zavala and John McMullen’s colonization contracts for four years]. [At top] Gobierno Supremo del Estado libre de Coahuila y Tejas [text commences] El Gobernador del Estado de Coahuila y Tejas, á todos sus habitantes.... Se acede á las solicitudes de los empresarios, Lorenzo de Zavala y Juan Macmulen.... [signed and dated in type at end] Ciudad de Monclova á 27 de Enero de 1834. Francisco Vidaurri y Villaseñor | José Miguel Falcón, Secretario. [Monclova, 1834]. Folio (30.8 x 20.2 cm). Broadside printed on laid paper, watermarked with a nude figure astride a globe and holding a banner reading “La Bella Americana.” Left edge with small holes in blank left margins, light water stain on left side, two contemporary ink numbers in upper right blank corner.

            First edition. Not in Streeter. Zavala (1788-1836) was an important figure in securing the freedom of Texas after he turned his back on his former friend Santa-Anna. For example, he helped draft the first Texas Constitution and was one of two Mexican signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. John McMullen (1785-1853) attempted to found a colony of Irish emigrants on an empresario grant he had been given in 1828. The settlement, known as the McMullen-McGloin colony, resulted in the founding of San Patricio. This extension is for the lands their colony was on. McMullen served in the Texas provisional government. ($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $550.00; Price Realized: $646.25

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