Vol 8, No 83
March 24, 1825
Mexico Opens Texas to Settlers; Offers Land
Colonization Law Passed
MEXICO CITY (1825)
On this date in 1825, Mexico, passed the State Colonization Law of March 24, 1825. It encouraged settlement of Texas by offering over 4,000 acres of land for farming and ranching.
Requirements include abiding by Mexican laws, worshiping as a Catholic, and good moral conduct. In addition, Texas and Coahuila will be united under a single state goverment.
Since 1821, Texas had been settled by American settlers, under the leadership of Stephen F. Austin. It is his father's dream to colonize Texas. With the passage of this 1825 Act, additional grants were opened, and must of the region outside Austin's colony began to see an influx of settlers.
East Texas Chamber of Commerce Formed
On this date in 1926, the East Texas Chamber of Commerce was formed.
Goliad State Park established
On this date in 1931, Goliad State Park was established on the grounds of Mission Espíritu Santo in Goliad.
Matador's Davidson win Race to Frisco
SAN FRANCISCO (1939)
On this date in 1939, after 24 days of a pony-express style race from Texas to San Francisco, Shannon Davidson of Matador crossed the finish line at the Golden Gate International Exposition, earning himself 750 brand new silver dollars from the San Francisco Mint.