By Rey Cantu

Land Policy

Requirements of colonists

By the terms of the empresarial grant, colonists had to be persons of good character and had to either be Catholic or agree to become Catholic. Colonists had to pledge to Spain, as seen on the following two Texas settlers, Samuel Davenport & William Barr.

Description of Land in Texas


Land in the United States cost $1.25 per acre, much more than Americans could afford. By contrast, land in Texas could be bought for 12.5 cents per acre and paid out over several years.