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The Descendants of Austin's Old Three Hundred

About the "Old 300"

The name "Old Three Hundred" refers to the settlers who received land grants in Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Mexico.  Although not originally enthusiastic about the project, Austin continued the colonization activities after the death of his father, Moses Austin.  He traveled to San Antonio, where he met with the Spanish governor Antonio María Martínez. The governor acknowledged Stephen F. Austin as his father's successor, allowing the colonization activities to proceed.  

Austin agreed with Martínez to be responsible for all administrative tasks after he arranged for settlers to come to Texas in exchange for land; in payment for his services, Austin would collect 12½ cents an acre in compensation. Austin returned to New Orleans and sought willing colonists and by the end of the summer of 1824 most of the Old Three Hundred were in settled in Texas.

 
 


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We encourage and foster research leading to the preservation and publication of history and records about this first group of courageous Texans; therefore, we not only help sponsor students who participate in the Texas State Historical Association's "Texas History Day," but also each year we award "The Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred Research Fellowship" for the best research proposal by a doctoral candidate focusing on Texas history during the years 1820 through 1836.  Austin's Old Three Hundred is proud to partner with the Texas State Historical Association in both of these educational endeavors.


We also assist in the preservation and protection of historical places and artifacts, including old cemeteries and other sites where Old Three Hundred colonists are buried.


Each year we meet in June, on the last Saturday of the month, and again in October or November. 
 
 
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