View Leading Up To Revolution in a larger map
- Foremost, with slavery being officially outlawed in Mexico in 1829 and with the non-compliance by the colonists, Bustamente issued an order on 6 Apr 1830 for Tejas to comply with the emancipation proclamation, or they would suffer a military attack. To go around this law, many of the Anglo-Americans made their slaves indentured servants.
- Bustamente also rescinded the property tax law which had up until now allowed colonists a 10-year exemption for new settlements.
- He increased tariffs on imports entering Mexico from the U.S., which made the costs of living go up for the colonists.
- He changed the control of settlement contracts from the state level to the federal level & required all colonies to have at least 150 inhabitants, or they'd be canceled.
- He cut-off all immigration from the United States to Tejas. [Interestingly, they were still welcome to settle in other parts of Mexico.]
- He ordered new military garrisons to be set-up in Tejas, which he was hoping would encourage Mexicans to settle in the area. Unfortunately, though, these garrisons would be partly staffed by convicts. [I guess his prisons needed some cleaning, too.] These convicts would be given land grants in Tejas after their military service was complete.
The Online Handbook of Texas
McAlister, George A. Alamo ---The Price of Freedom: A History of Texas. San Antonio: Docutex, Inc, 1988.
Constitution of 1824 [English]
Constitution of 1824 [Spanish]
Various documentaries, lectures, tours, and classes the author has participated in over a 20-year period. [Who knew that college class I took, Political Systems of Latin America would come in handy?]