Case of the Black Warrior; And Other Violations of the Rights of American Citizens by Spanish Authorities

Case of the Black Warrior; And Other Violations of the Rights of American Citizens by Spanish Authorities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...a royal cedula, or decree of colonization, was issued, to encourage immigration and promote the settlement of the colony. It offered to all persons, Spaniards or foreigners, gratuitous grants of land, and certain advantages to foster their cultivation; but it likewise imposed upon all settlers, Spanish arid foreign equally, certain obligations, inherent to their character of colonists. Thus a continued residence of five years conferred upon the former the quality of Spanish subjects, and of course imposed upon them the corresponding obligations. It granted to all, without distinction of origin, who might die without heirs, the right of bequeathing their property to relatives and friends, who, if they chose to reside in the colony, were to enjoy the same privileges as the original grantees; otherwise the land itself was to revert to the crown, and the legatees were at liberty to withdraw from the colony such part of the inheritance as had been acquired by the grantee during his residence therein, but on payment of a duty of extraction, whether the grantee had been of Spanish or foreign origin, of ten per cent, if his residence had been of five years, and fifteen per cent, if over. Now it appears from Mr. Michael Drausin Harang's own statement, that it was in consequence of the inducements held out by the cedula that his father removed to, and established himself in, the colony. If he thereby accepted the benefits of the law, he, as a matter of course, according to the argument of the Spanish authorities, which must be allowed to have great force, assumed likewise its obligations. Thus, after a five-years' residence he became a Spanish subject; and thus the property acquired by him became chargeable with the duty of extraction specifically...
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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655177X
  • 9781236551771