Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm (Updated: January 14, 12:27 am)
In their petition seeking to secure the San Miguel del Bado Land Grant in 1794, the 52 colonists stated as their primary reason that there was not sufficient water in Santa Fe to sustain the growing population and livestock there. (It appears that drought and an adequate water supply were problems even then). The petitioners also stated that many of them owned small parcels of land in Santa Fe, but it was not sufficient to support their large families.
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