From the Annals of the Colonists – In 1833, members of the Beales Colony left New York aboard the Amos Wright headed for Texas. . John Charles Beales and others had obtained large colonial grants that encompassed much of western Texas, eastern New Mexico, and the Rio Grande valley. The first colonists landed at Copano Bay on December 12, 1833. From there they traveled to a site on Las Moras Creek near Presidio del Rio Grande in the Rio Grande Valley. The colonists named their settlement Dolores, in honor of Beales’s Mexican wife. Beales’ Colony was a failure. It was located in semi-arid brush unsuitable for farming and in country claimed by the Comanche. Many colonists left for other settlements. The final blow came during the Texas Revolution when the entire colony was abandoned before the advance of the Mexican Army.