Ramón Músquiz

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Ramón González Múzquiz
6ºGovernor of Coahuila and Texas
In office
1830–1831
Preceded by José María Viesca
Succeeded by Juan Martín de Veramendi
13ºGovernor of Coahuila and Texas
In office
1835 – May 1835
Preceded by Marciél Borrego
Succeeded by Henry Smith
Personal details
Born 1797
San Antonio, Texas, New Spain
Died 1867 (aged 69–70)
Monclova, Mexico
Profession Politician and soldier

Don Ramón Músquiz (1797–1867) was governor of Coahuila and Texas from 1830 to 1831 and in 1835. He promoted the increase of population in Texas and peaceful relations of its population, regardless of their nationalities.[1]

Biography[edit]

Don Ramón González Músquiz was born in 1797 in San Antonio, Texas.[2] He was the son of Miguel Francisco Músquiz, a military officer, and Catarina Gonzales.[3] He was raised in a place where he lived with presidio soldiers and settlers, both Spanish and Mexicans and Anglos, mostly of northern Texas. Coming from a Basque family, his life was spent in the company of missionary friars and people of Canarian and Basque origins like himself. He developed friendships with prominent families of San Antonio, such as the Leal, Arocha or Veramendi.[2]

In the early 1820s, Musquiz undertook a series of business trips through the province.[3] After living a time in Monclova, in the Mexican state of Coahuila, working as postmaster, [1] he returned to San Antonio in the end of 1823, where he opened a store and participated in local political affairs. In July 1825 he was named secretary to the political chief, keeping the charge until August 1827. In following year, in January 1828, and thanks to its influences (his friendship with prominent families),[2] he was appointed acting governor of Coahuila and Texas[2][1] as political chief of the Department of Texas, although he not ruled until 1830.

During this mandate, Músquiz lobbied to favor of the Anglo settlers of Texas, particularly on the issues of slavery, trade in contraband and Amerindian attacks. He also tried to mediate disputes taking place between the settlers and the national authorities, although he rejected the extralegal convention in San Felipe in October 1832 and he began to distrust the intentions of the Anglo-Americans. During the years of his mandate, in several of his letters to the viceroy of New Spain, he complained about the establishment of a foreign colony in Austin, because its inhabitants were speaking English, not Spanish, the official language of Texas.[1]

Musquiz resigned from office on 1831/July 7, 1834, citing health reasons. Even after leaving the office of political chief, Músquiz continued to participate in public affairs and he had a strong allegiance to Mexico. [3]

Anyway, in 1835, he was appointment lieutenant governor of the Federalist Agustín Viesca.[2][3] Moreover, it was after the arrest of Viesca and the National Congress annulled his election in early summer 1835,[3] when, during the Texas Revolution, Ramon Muzquiz was appointed governor of Texas in early 1835, in the presence of President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana.[2] However, he never took office[3] and in May that year, he submitted his resignation the office citing "family reasons". [2]

Martín Perfecto de Cos reelected him as a political chief and, in December 1835, Cos appointed him to assist in the negotiations between the Mexican army and the Texans at the Siege of Bexar. Músquiz assisted in the identification of the bodies of the defenders of The Alamo.[3]

Muzquiz knew the effects and consequences of central power and its impact on Texas.[2] So, in 1836, he moved with his family to the city of Monclova, in Coahuila, Mexico.[3][2] where in addition to experience security of his nation, lived some of his relatives, including his sister Josefa Muzquiz, who was the mother of the first medicine man of Monclova, Don Simón Blanco.

Known by people of Monclova for his experience in Texas government, he was appointed political prefect - although as ad interim - in 1853 and 1858. In addition, he was one of the largest shareholders in terms of water rights, in the bags of water from San Francisco and San Miguel (now part of the Pueblo), to whose inhabitants he championed, with others people of Texas, for protect the guarantees of the state governments of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila to them, headed by former resident of Monclova Santiago Vidaurri Valdés.

While he defended him, the government he represented required the delivery to ecclesiastical authorities of all the funds in support to the army of the north, where they fought many of the inhabitants of Monclova. Following this, in 1857, Father José María Villarreal Montemayor, claimed the water from the Confraternity of the Immaculate, property of the inhabitants of the village of San Francisco in Tlaxcala and, although they gave a large sum of money, he get the title of ownership. He refused to deliver the flow of the confraternity of the Virgin of Zapopan, that he previously divided among his family, so Múzquiz was forced to banish him, sending him into exile (he return to years later).[2] Musquiz briefly returned to Texas in late 1850 to reclaim abandoned lands at its output.[3] On 27 November 1867, after evacuating French troops of Jeaningros in Monclova, he died.[2]

Family[edit]

Don Ramon Muzquiz married with Tejano[2] Francisca Castañeda[2][3] in San Antonio on December 16, 1823,[3] and they had two sons in 1830: Francisca and Ramón Músquiz Castañeda[3] (the last of which followed the example of his father, occupying for long periods the Monclova political leadership and the mayoralty). More later, they also had other son: Octaviano Múzquiz (who served for a time as mayor of Monclova, and died on November 1871 due a shooting).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d A. Ramos, Raúl (2008). Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861. The University of North Carolina Press. Page 101.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Exploradores Coahuiltecos (August 6, 2003). "Jefe político de Bejar y vecino de Monclova (Bejar political chief and resident of Monclova)". Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l MUSQUIZ, RAMON - Texas State Historical Association. Posted by Jesús F. de la Teja. Consulted in February 25, 2015, at 10:55pm.

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