Why is Moses Austin important to Texas?
1. He had the 1st grant to settle 300 families in Texas.
2. He was the father of Stephen F. Austin.
Moses Austin made a deal with the Spanish Governor that if they converted to the Catholic religion and were law-abiding citizens they could settle Texas. When Moses Austin dies his son Stephen F. Austin will carry out his father's dying wish to settle Texas. Austin then brings in 300 families, which will later be called "The Old Three Hundred." Since Stephen F. Austin is the first to settle Texas he is given the name, "The…
Moses Austin was the father of Stephen F. Austin, who himself is known as the Father of Texas. In 1821 he and his friend managed to convince the Spanish governor of Texas to allow Anglo-Americans to colonize the area, ultimately leading to the secession of Texas from Mexico by English speaking immigrants from the American colonies just 11 years later.