DescriptionJuan Dominguez Land Grant Signed "John Dominguez." One partially printed page, 8.25" x 13", [New York], November 11, 1831, certifying that "by virtue of a certain Grant of Land in Texas, made to me by the GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF COAHUILA AND TEXAS, with the approbation of the SUPREME GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF MEXICO . . . for the purpose of colonization as an Empresario, I do hereby authorize and empower H A Green of New York to locate for his own use and benefit...one LABOR of land within the limits of said Grant." The dimensions of the Dominguez Grant are then laid out. Printed on onionskin paper. Usual folds are present with some wrinkling in places. Edges are uneven and show light toning. The signature of Dominguez is very faint, but can be clearly seen when viewed at an angle. Housed in a quarter bound brown leather and brown cloth slipcase with titles in gilt on the spine and matching chemise. Light wear on the slipcase.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Juan Dominguez (1784-?) joined the Mexican army in 1813 and retired in 1828 as a colonel. The following year the Mexican state of
Coahuila and Texas named him empresario of a colonization contract. His grant
was bound in part by the Arkansas River. Dominguez appointed Victor Blanco, the
vice governor of Coahuila and Texas, to execute the contract. Unfortunately,
Dominguez's venture was not successful and the contract expired in 1835.
Reference: Streeter Texas, 1122A. Streeter Sale, 309.
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