Mexican Period

This period lasted from 1821 to roughly 1836, when a group of Anglo and Texano settlers in Texas declared Texas an independent Republic. During this formative period in Texas history, the Mexican government worked with empresarios, who operated as land agents in this Mexican province. Empresarios worked to bring settlers who would develop Texas for the Mexican government. In exchange, those settlers would receive title to large land grants. One of the most famous empresarios, Stephen F. Austin (considered the father of the Lone Star State) brought 300 families to settle Texas; a group sometimes referred to as the Old Three Hundred.

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