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Agricultural Policy & Trade: Adjusting Domestic Programs in by D. Gale Johnson

By D. Gale Johnson

Publication via Johnson, D. Gale, Hemmi, Kenzo, Lardinois, Pierre

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The inventory of his property revealed that he owned twenty-three mules (twenty with packsaddles and other trappings), three horses, three burlap sacks of meal, one box of piloncillo candy, some chilies packed in burlap, thirteen loads of burlap sacks, one barrel of quasi-commercial wine mixed with must, and one barrel of good commercial aguardiente, a distilled liquor made from grapes or sugar cane. 35 As the community on the Río San Antonio grew and matured, the missions and civilian populace developed an efficient system of irrigated agriculture.

When used as a unit of land, it is an area one legua square, or about 4,428 acres. This area is A3250-03 12/9/04 1:37 PM Page 47 Ranching along the Río San Antonio 47 also known as a sitio de ganado mayor. 8 acres. Throughout New Spain, including Texas, the government allowed any citizen to request a land grant. The petitioner usually emphasized past service to the Crown. If successful, the grantee was required to pay survey and title fees, occupy and develop the land, and pledge to defend both the land and the province in times of danger.

Vegetable gardens were planted in March and April. The late crop of corn and more beans were sown in May and early June. The first harvests of beans, peppers, and early corn came at the end of June and in early July. Other harvests followed throughout the summer and into the autumn. 22 After harvest, the grain and vegetables were stored in the missions’ granaries. Throughout the year, food was distributed weekly or in some cases, daily, to the Indians. If food was in short supply, the missionaries used a part of their budget to purchase it and other supplies for the Indians.

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