Friday, March 7, 2008

Texas Homesteading

Why Weren’t There Any Homestead Lands in Texas?

When Texas was annexed by the United States in July 1845, the Ordinance of Annexation specifically stated that Texas would retain the rights to all vacant and unappropriated land within its borders. Texas became a state just five months later, on December 29, 1845. The provisions of the Ordinance of Annexation remained in effect upon the achievement of statehood.

For more information on Texas' Independence see the website of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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