A Guide to the Canary Islanders Records, 1730-1734
On February 14, 1719, the Marqués de San Miguel de Aguayo proposed to transport 400 families from the Canary Islands, Galicia, and Havana to populate Texas. The king of Spain approved the plan, and by 1730 twenty-five families from the Canary Islands had reached Cuba and ten more families, which increased by marriages to 15, had been sent from the Islands to Veracruz before orders from Spain to stop the movement arrived. The 15 families of 56 individuals formed San Fernando de Béxar, the first regularly organized civil government in Texas. These Canary Island emigrants became the root from whence many of the old San Antonio families descend.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Canary Islanders," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/poc1.html (accessed May 19, 2010)
The Canary Islanders Records, 1730-1734, relate to the equipping of 56 settlers sent by Spain from the Canary Islands and their subsequent settlement at San Fernando de Béxar, now San Antonio. The records include orders, acknowledgments, inventories, and a report in the form of photocopies of Spanish originals, typed transcripts, and typed English translations.
The collection is open for research.
Canary Islanders Records, 1730-1734, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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