Bastrop in Bastrop County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Felipe Henrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop
1770 - 1829
Erected in recognition of the distinguished service to Texas of Felipe Henrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop, 1770-1829.
Pioneer Red River empresario. Land Commissioner of Austinís Colony, member of the Congress of Coahuila and Texas. Through his aid, Moses Austin secured from the Spanish Government in 1821, the first contract for the Anglo-American colonization of Texas.
In his honor, the name of this town and that of this county, a part of Austinís 1821 grant, known as the Municipality of Mina in 1834 and the County of Mina after March 17, 1836, was changed on December 18, 1837 to Bastrop.
Let this name bring to mind the friend and advocate of the pioneer in a foreign land
Erected 1936 by State of Texas.
Location. 30° 6.556′ N, 97° 19.1′ W. Marker is in Bastrop, Texas, in Bastrop County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Street and Water Street, on the right when traveling east on Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Bastrop County Courthouse, near the northwest corner of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 803 Pine Street, Bastrop TX 78602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bastrop County Jail Captain James Burleson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bastrop Advertiser (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank of Bastrop (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas H. Mays (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Bastrop (approx. ľ mile away); Primera Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Bastrop Military Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bastrop.
More about this marker. Marker is a metal tablet, with bas-relief sculpture of subject, mounted on a tall, polished granite slab
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1. Baron de Bastrop.
By April 1795 he had arrived in Spanish Louisiana, where he represented himself as a Dutch nobleman. During the next decade he received permission from the Spanish government to establish a colony in the Ouachita valley and engaged in several business ventures in Louisiana and Kentucky. After Louisiana was sold (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop.
He assisted his old friend Moses Austin with his efforts to settle Anglo-Americans in the area and served Stephen F. Austin as an intermediary with the Mexican government. The towns of Bastrop in Texas and Louisiana, along with Bastrop County, Texas, were named in his honor. Still, he died in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, on February 23, 1827, unable to pay for his own funeral. (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Felipe Henrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop.
Dutch businessman and land owner. Later settled in Leeuwarden, Friesland, where he worked as a tax collector. Neri was accused of using tax funds for personal gain in 1793, so he left his family and fled to Spanish Louisiana before he could go to court. In Louisiana, Neri introduced himself as a Dutch nobleman, Baron de Bastrop. People believed his false identity, and Neri was soon engaged in many land deals where he made a fortune but later went broke. (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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