Title of nobility given to the male
Canary Islanders of
San Antonio, Texas, and their descendants in perpetuum (forever).
"in law 6, title 6, book IV, of the summary of
the Laws of the Indies, "his majesty states:
"in order to honor any persons and their
legitimate sons and descendants, who may undertake to found settlements ,
when they have concluded and established such settlements, we hereby make
them land-holding nobles, (Hijos Dalgo de Solar conocido,) so that in that
settlement and in any other part of the Indies they may be known as
land-holding nobles and persons of noble lineage and estate, and, in order
that they be known as such, we hereby grant them all the honors and
prerogatives that all landed noblemen and knights of these kingdoms of
Castile should have and enjoy, according to the laws and privileges of
Spain. "therefore, by virtue of this law, his majesty shall declare, as
I by these presents do declare, each and everyone of the persons included in
these fifteen families, their sons and legitimate descendants, to be
noblemen and as such they shall be considered, and accorded all the honors
and prerogatives, enjoyed by all landed noblemen and knights of the kingdoms
of Castile according to the customs and laws of Spain, with which his
majesty has been pleased to honor them. The proper dispatches bearing this
declaration shall be issued to them by my superior office for their sue
whenever they shall request them. This dispatch shall be kept in the
archives of the superior government council. The governor shall let them
know the contents thereof, and he shall give them any official copies of it
they may request.
Mexico city, November 28, l730
the Marquis of Casafuerte, Viceroy of Spain.
Witness: Antonio de Aviles.
Bexar Archives, Vol. l, page 250, translations.