Part 3, Note 1

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William Bluford Dewees, Letters from an Early Settler of Texas (Louisville: Morton & Griswold, 1852. Reprint. Waco: Texian Press, 1968), pp. 205, 208. Another, more subtle limitation to the prosperity of the Colorado settlers should be pointed out. Many of the recent arrivals in the colony had served in the war, and thereby found themselves entitled to land grants. So did many others who met the residency requirements laid out in the new constitution. The sudden availability of so much nearly-free land must have sharply devalued the real estate that had already been acquired, depriving landowners both of rents and of markets for either their land or their produce.