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Irish Empressarios Ask For Big Chunk of Gulf Coast

In their original land grant application filed on September 20, 1826, two Irish empressarios asked the government of Mexico for the Texas coastal plain from the Sabine River to the Nueces.  On a modern map, that would be everything between Corpus Christi and Port Arthur!

James Power and James Hewetson had to settle for a lot less, and even then most of the 350 colonists they brought over from Ireland died in a cholera epidemic.  Hewetson moved south and became one of the richest men in Mexico, while Power took the political plunge and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.