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Descriptive Summary

Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Canary Islanders Records, 1730-1734



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Canary Islanders
Title: Canary Islanders Records
Dates: 1730-1734
Abstract: Orders, acknowledgments, inventories, and reports relate to the equipping of 56 settlers sent by Spain from the Canary Islands and their subsequent settlement at San Fernando de Béxar, the first regularly organized civil government in Texas.
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in Spanish and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

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)

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Aguayo, José de Azlor y Virto de Vera, marqués de, 1677-1734
Villegas Puente, Manuel Angel
Subjects
Canary Islanders--Texas
Texas--Emigration and immigration
Canary Islands-- Emigration and immigration
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also Marquis de Aguayo Papers, 1720-1722

Forms part of the Spanish Materials from Various Sources Collection, 1600-1921.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Canary Islanders Records, 1730-1734, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2Q232 Volume 723, Report of Manuel Angel Villegas Puente, 1730-1734
Volume 724, Report of Manuel Angel Villegas Puente, Haggard’s translation
Volume 725, Canary Islanders who settled in San Antonio, 1731
Volume 726, Canary Islanders who settled in San Antonio, Transcript
Volume 727, Canary Islanders who settled in San Antonio, Haggard’s translation

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