: Land lease and settlement agreement between agent Robert M. Williamson and Benjamin Lundy, permitting Lundy to settle his "League of Land" colony west of the Colorado River, what was was then Tamaulipas, Mexico. Certificate is numbered 'No. 275'; and verso indicates its contents as a settlement agreement. In the 1820s, Williamson received an empresario contract which allowed him to settle upwards of 300 families north of the San Antonio Road, between the Colorado and San Guadalupe Rivers. This contract with Benjamin Lundy may refer to Williamson's capacity as empresario of these territorial holdings. Benjamin Lundy (1789-1839) was a prominent Quaker abolitionist best known for his development of abolitionist periodicals. His Genius of Universal Emancipation was first published in 1821 from his home in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, and enjoyed a wide circulation across the antebellum United States. In the 1820s, the young William Lloyd Garrison came to work for The Genius. Benjamin Lundy traveled widely seeking subscriptions to The Genius, giving talks about the anti-slavery movement, and observing and documenting the conditions of enslaved people across the Americas. He was also involved in the establishment of freed slave colonies in Mexico. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Benjamin Lundy, 1789-1839; U.S. colonization; Human rights; Land settlement; United States--Foreign relations--Mexico Places
: Texas; Mexico