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    Broadside with Map: Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. Overall 18.25" x 23.5", January 1835, New York. This rare broadside contains an engraved colonization map of the three grants in southeastern Texas. In the upper right, the title of the broadside reads, "Map of the Colonization Grants in Texas./ Made to the Empresarios, (Contractors,) Lorenzo de Zavala, Joseph Vehlien, and David G. Burnet; and now under the agency and control of 'The Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company.'/ January, 1835." Below the title is a list of company directors and trustees. Following the list is a "Comparison of Measures" table with one column containing Mexican measurements and the other English. Joseph F. Bridges is listed as the surveyor.

    The colonization map (12" x 9"), in the upper left corner, is entitled "Map of the Colonization Grants to Zavala, Vehlein [sic], & Burnet in Texas, Belonging to the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Co." It has original hand-coloring of green (Burnet's grant), pink (Vehlein's grant), and yellow (Zavala's grant). Includes inset map in lower right entitled "Plan of the Port of Galveston, Made by order of the Mexican Government. By Alexander Thompson of the Mexican Navy in 1828."

    Below the map and broadside title are three columns of text under the bold heading, "The Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company". Two columns concern the company, "Inducements for persons to locate and colonize the Lands within the grants of the Company, and Instructions how to proceed", and characteristics of the area covered by the grants, including paragraphs on "The heat" ("the summer is said to be about as great as in New-York"), religion, government, and "the products of the soil, the certainty of a market, and cost of transportation". At the bottom of the second column is the heading, "Texas". This section, taking up the whole of the third column, contains a wonderful description of Texas "furnished by one who has been several years in Mexico, and may be relied upon as authentic", including its short Anglo history. The foot of the broadside reads, "Maps like the above are to be obtained at the office of A. Dey, 63 Cedar-street, New-York; and the purchaser is advised to paste linen or cotton cloth on the back of it."

    The Mexican Law of April 6, 1830, was passed by the Mexican governmen t- much to the vexation of the Anglo-Texians - to arrest the colonization of Texas by citizens of the U.S. According to the text in this broadside, that law "has been repealed [May 1834], and the people of all countries, without exception, of good moral character, will now be admitted into the grants which the undersigned represent." This broadside was printed to exploit those new opportunities of colonization. With smoothed folds and minor discoloration thereat. Professional restoration to separations at folds, including at the lower horizontal fold where paper loss has resulted in a small loss of text. Additional minor paper loss has occurred at the top horizontal fold. Chipping along right edge with archival repairs on verso. Nevertheless, a scarce and marvelous broadside containing text and map of the early colonization of the Galveston region.

    Streeter 1164.

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    January, 2009
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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