New Guide to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants In South Texas

The Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas not only go hand in hand with history but also with Genealogy. Land was the reason that many of our ancestors followed Jose de Escandon to populate what is now Northeastern Mexico and South Texas. Later on the Mexican Government gave more land grants stretching up to the Nueces River and beyond. The book “New Guide to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas” by Galen D. Greaser will be your go to book when it comes to land grant information.

Cover of Book:

New Guide to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas

This book contains a wealth of information. Bellow I have copied the contents of the book just so you get a general idea of what you will be able to find within the pages of this book.


Part 1: The History

Once Upon a River: Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas

– Villas del Norte

– The Visita General of 1767: The Porciones Grants

Hacienda de Dolores
Lugar de Mier

– Large Land Grants North of the Rio Grande (1777-1800)
– Policy Reforms: Royal Grants, 1802-1812
– Unsettled Times: 1810-1821
– Independent Mexico
– The Public Lands ofTamaulipas: The Laws
– Land Grants in Northern Tamaulipas
– A Flood of Fire on the Rio Grande: Change in Sovereignty and Boundaries
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Texas

Appendix I: The “Blood” Title: Andres Bautista Pereda and Jose Manuel Pereda’s
Spanish Grants
Appendix II: The Jose Francisco Balli “La Barreta” Grant: A Case Study
Appendix III: “Sal del Rey” and Mineral Rights in Texas
Appendix IV: Opinion on Several Points Related to Real Property in Mexico

Part II: The Land Grants

Explanatory Note for Entries in this New Guide

Entries A-Z

General Index

I really enjoyed reading this book and getting the information that I needed about my ancestor’s land Grants on both sides of the Rio Grande. This Book also lists all the porciones awarded on the Mexican side and not just South Texas.

Luckily for me my local university UTPA had a copy of this book and I was able to borrow it for a couple of weeks. Bellow I will list several places where you can get a copy of this book.

Where to find this book:

In the comments section of this post please let me know what you find within the pages of this book. Have fun.

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