De León: A Tejano Family History by Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm

By Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm

Combining the storytelling aptitude of a novelist with a scholar's main issue for the proof, Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm right here recounts the heritage of 3 generations of the de Leon kin, one of many founding households of Texas.

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The military captains of the province received four sitios, or , acres, which could be used for summer pasture plus twenty-four caballerías de tierra para siembra, or , acres, of farmland. The settlers were required to take possession in two months and build a house in two years, and they could not sell the land for ten years. Bernardo de León, as one of the first settlers, received a ranch of over , acres on which he settled his family. 34  • D L, A T F H Young Martín de León spent his first ten years in the exciting boomtown atmosphere of the new mining settlement of Cruillas.

María Candelaria (b. 1800) 3. José Silvestre (b. 1802) 4. María Guadalupe ‘‘Lupita’’ (b. 1804) 5. José Félix (b. 1806) 6. Agápito (b. 1808) 7. María de Jesús ‘‘Chucha’’ (b. 1810) 8. Refugia (b. 1812)  The de León Ranches in Texas, – •  On January , , Martín de León and his wife of five years, Patricia de la Garza de León, stood before the notary public at Presas del Rey in the Eastern Interior Provinces of Northern New Spain. Patricia, then about twenty-six years of age and the mother of two children, signed over her dowry of almost , pesos in cash, goods, and livestock to her husband.

He requested more funds, and the king, desirous of insuring the prosperity of the towns, agreed to the cost overruns. 22 Escandón knew that he could not continue to ask for funds to support his colony. The northern towns needed something which they could trade for the abundant corn, beans, sugarcane, chile, vegetables, and fruit produced by settlers farther south. The northerners at last found their salvation in the many salt flats along the coasts. At Burgos, willing laborers could cut and rake out the salt and carry it to market on the same mule they used to plow and plant their crops in the spring.

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