A Guide to the Ramón Músquiz Documents, 1831, 1833, 1834, 1859
Spanish-Mexican merchant and political figure Ramón Músquiz was born to military officer Miguel Francisco Músquiz and Catarina Gonzales around 1797. Músquiz began his career as postmaster of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, toward the end of the Spanish Texas period, after which he opened a store in San Antonio and became involved in political affairs. From 1825 to 1827 Músquiz served as secretary to the political chief of the Department of Texas, who he replaced in 1828. He resigned in 1834, citing health reasons. During his tenure, Músquiz favored Anglo-American colonists, notably in regard to slavery, contraband trade and relations with natives. In 1835 Músquiz was elected vice governor, but never assumed office and returned to Monclova in 1836.
Teja, Jesus F. de la. "Musquiz, Ramon."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 21, 2011.
Composed of six letters, the Ramón Músquiz Documents, 1831, 1833, 1834, 1859, chronicle his actions as political chief of the Department of Texas, as well as land claims in the state following independence and annexation. Topics include runaway slaves escaping to Mexico, and clashes it caused between Mexican officials and Texans, administrative functions, and a smallpox epidemic in 1831.
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Ramón Músquiz Documents, 1831, 1833, 1834, 1859, 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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