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Texas Talks with Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm: Politics in the de Leon colony (Victoria Colony)


Dr. Crimm discusses the politics in the de Leon colony (Victoria Colony). In 1824, Martin and Patricia de Leon, who had 10 children, set out to establish a colony in Texas. The location of the colony created political issues and discord, as it was surrounded by the colonies of Austin, DeWitt, and many other Anglo settlers. Martin's son, Fernando, become the land commissioner and was in charge of assigning land to settlers. Fernando ran into problems with the Austin Colony and, in fact, was thrown in jail at one point by Stephen F. Austin for unknown reasons. After Martin dies from cholera, Patricia managed much of the family's colony with her sons and sons-in-laws, who faced some difficulty during this period, politically, as the family was divided between supporting the liberal and conservative factions in Mexico. During the Texas Revolution, there was concern in the de Leon colony with Mexican General Urrea, who captured many settlers and, notoriously, executed prisoners following General Santa Anna's orders at Goliad.

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