A Pot of gold for some Texas Spanish land grant heirs

La Porte attorney Eileen McKenzie Fowler (right), who represents families whose ancestors received land grants, reads the framed lyrics of a song written for her by one of the descendants, Antonia Margarita
In an informational session Saturday that was part pep rally and part devotional, about 500 descendants of Spanish and Mexican land grantees met in San Antonio to hear proposed legislation that could bring them a form of justice their families have long sought:
“Through the years, our ancestors — my father, his parents, his grandparents and his great-grandparents — all have been seeking justice and compensation of what our forefathers left us,” said Lilia Gonzalez Kohandani, an heir of Joaquín Galán, who settled in what’s now South Texas in the early 1700s.
Other descendants shared similar stories of failed attempts at restitution. Many came armed with copies of original documents and exchanged stories about their genealogical research.
La Porte attorney Eileen McKenzie Fowler (right), who represents families whose ancestors received land grants, reads the framed lyrics of a song written for her by one of the descendants, Antonia Margarita Gonzalez, after Gonzalez’s cousin John Orfila (left) gave Fowler the gift.
Curated from A $561 million pot of gold? — San Antonio Express-News
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Originally published at Hispanic News Network.