Brazoria County Birthplace of Texas

Often called the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin led the way to colonization of Texas
Often called the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin led the way to colonization of Texas | Source
Map of Old Three Hundred in Texas
Map of Old Three Hundred in Texas | Source
Henry Munson III of Brazoria, Texas
Henry Munson III of Brazoria, Texas | Source

The Old Three Hundred

Stephen Fuller Austin was a great leader and detail oriented. He was a great administrator that built the foundation for future success in the fledgling colony. Prospective settlers had to make application to become a part of Austin’s colony, and were screened carefully. He wanted people of character, leadership, and industry to help him settle the country. These first three hundred families are remembered in Texas history as “The Old Three Hundred.”

Munson Family Land Grant

According to Munson family history, Henry William Munson and Ann Munson were good friends of Stephen F. Austin. Austin personally selected and reserved the land for Henry Munson to inspect. This was part of the last tract available after Austin had permission to locate near the coast. Five hundred fifty-four acres of rich gulf prairie land became Henry Munson’s for the price of one dollar per English acre. It was to be paid within one year from the first day of the following January. He also agreed to move his family to the land within the following four months. This land straddled the headwaters of Jones Creek just west of the Brazos River. It was close to eight miles from the Gulf of Mexico and called Peach Point because of the wild peach trees that blossomed there every spring. Henry Munson received confirmation of the agreement with a formal certificate written in Spanish and signed Esteven F. Austin.

Full size portrait of Stephen F. Austin at University of Texas
Full size portrait of Stephen F. Austin at University of Texas | Source

Stephen F. Austin and Henry William Munson

Brazoria County is often called the birthplace of the Republic of Texas. Every student knows about Stephen F. Austin who never married but became the Father of Texas. Austin came to Brazoria in 1823 with an empresario grant approved by the Mexican Government in Mexico City on April 14, 1823. This grant allowed Austin to move 300 settlers into the land in what is now known as Brazoria County. The only territorial limitation in this grant was the stipulation that Austin could not settle anyone within ten leagues (thirty miles) of the Gulf of Mexico. The original settlement was near the headwaters of the Brazos River known by the Spanish as Brazos de Dios (“Arms of God”).

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A markerJones Creek Brazoria, Texas -
Jones Creek, TX 77541, USA
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Area of Henry Munson Land Grant as one of The Old Three Hundred

B markerGulf of Mexico -
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C markerBrazoria County, Texas -
Brazoria, TX, USA
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The Father of Texas

Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin at sunrise
Stephen F. Austin at sunrise
Base of Stephen F. Austin statue
Base of Stephen F. Austin statue
Another sunrise image of Austin
Another sunrise image of Austin
Historical marker
Historical marker

Munson Descendants and Visitors Center

The descendants of Henry William and Ann Munson still live on this property in Brazoria County. Henry Munson, rancher and descendant of the first Henry Munson donated ten acres for a park for the historical statue designed by David Adickes similar to the 67 foot statue of Austin located in Huntsville, Texas. The statue is 60 feet tall standing on a 12 foot base where Stephen F. Austin perpetually looks over the land that he loved and left a lasting impact on the future State of Texas. A one-acre lake in the shape of Texas serves as the focal point for the 900-foot “Walk of Honor,” which pays tribute to residents who had a significant impact in the county since 1469. There is a museum but it is only open if any staff or caretaker is on sight. There is a visitors center on sight where you can get more information about the county. The historical marker and park is located on Highway 288 heading south in Brazoria County close to the exit for Lake Jackson.

The site is impressive and the statue definitely worth a visit. Work on the park appears to be in progress because we did not see the lake or the Walk of Honor and we saw no signs giving information or advertising the area. Our visit was impromptu because we did not know anything about this site or the park before seeing the statue on our recent trip to the beach.

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, it is a very long drive going all the way across the state but we love it!

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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

you too are very detail oriented smirles and this is a great article!! Way to go...but oh my I dread going home a bit just because of your great state...from AL to AZ...Texas is never ending!!!! :) at least this time, no young-uns, just one loved adult-in-training, hubby, a cat named Dog and myself :)

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

So true. I guess we are so proud of our state we can't help it. One of my children was surprised when he discovered that children in other states did not study Texas history! haha! I am re-learning a lot!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Great hub! I love learning more about this great state of ours...or should I say re-learning. It's funny how we forget so much of it as we grow up even though we had whole years of Texas history back in junior high.

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