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AUSTIN, Moses, Texan pioneer, born in Durham, Connecticut; died in Louisiana, 10 June 1821. He removed to the west in 1798, and engaged in lead-mining. In 1820 he went to Texas, and from Bexar forwarded to the Mexican commandant at Monterey a petition for permission to colonize 300 American families in that section. Returning to Missouri in search of emigrants, he was robbed and exposed to hardships that caused his death. The Mexican authorities granted a tract of land for a colony, and his son, Stephen F. Austin, founded the settlement.
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