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A Failed Venture in the Nueces Strip: Misconceptions and Mismanagement of the Beales Rio Grande Colony, 1832–1836

A Failed Venture in the Nueces Strip: Misconceptions and Mismanagement of the Beales Rio Grande... Figure 1: Konen Marché, Map of Texas Shewing the Grants in Possession of the Colorado and Red River Land Compy. Brussells: K. Marché, 1835. Courtesy of the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections, Gift of Virginia Garrett. 2009 Article 421 A Failed Venture in the Nueces Strip: Misconceptions and Mismanagement of the Beales Rio Grande Colony, 1832–1836 By Kyle B. Carpenter* n late October 1833, Dr. John Charles Beales of Norfolk, England, hustled around New York City recruiting colonists to join Ihim on his mission to settle his contracted land grant in northern Mexico, an area of land of about eight million acres in the Nueces Strip, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. Beales carried with him a contract he signed with the state of Coahuila y Texas that described the land the colonists would settle and stated that the Mexican government would regulate it as a colony. He also held $4,000 he received in New York from a recently formed land company and promised as much funding as the colony needed to succeed. Beales offered huge swaths of land to prospective colonists in a region that he described as a paradise for agricultural development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

A Failed Venture in the Nueces Strip: Misconceptions and Mismanagement of the Beales Rio Grande Colony, 1832–1836

Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Volume 123 (4) – Mar 24, 2020

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Texas State Historical Association
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Abstract

Figure 1: Konen Marché, Map of Texas Shewing the Grants in Possession of the Colorado and Red River Land Compy. Brussells: K. Marché, 1835. Courtesy of the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections, Gift of Virginia Garrett. 2009 Article 421 A Failed Venture in the Nueces Strip: Misconceptions and Mismanagement of the Beales Rio Grande Colony, 1832–1836 By Kyle B. Carpenter* n late October 1833, Dr. John Charles Beales of Norfolk, England, hustled around New York City recruiting colonists to join Ihim on his mission to settle his contracted land grant in northern Mexico, an area of land of about eight million acres in the Nueces Strip, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. Beales carried with him a contract he signed with the state of Coahuila y Texas that described the land the colonists would settle and stated that the Mexican government would regulate it as a colony. He also held $4,000 he received in New York from a recently formed land company and promised as much funding as the colony needed to succeed. Beales offered huge swaths of land to prospective colonists in a region that he described as a paradise for agricultural development.

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: Mar 24, 2020

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