From the Annals of Colonization – In 1825, the Mexican legislature passed the State Colonization Law of March 24, 1825. The legislation was designed to encourage development of Coahuila y Texas. For a nominal fee, the law granted settlers as much as a square league (4,428.4 acres) of pastureland and a labor (177.1 acres) of farmland. Immigrants were temporarily free of every kind of tax. Newcomers had to take an oath promising to abide by the federal and state constitutions, to worship according to the Catholic religion, and to display sound moral principles and good conduct. After accepting these terms and settling in Texas, immigrants earned the standing of naturalized Mexicans.