ARTICLE 1. A free Donation or Grant of TWO HUNDRED AND
ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND shall be made to each Single Person who shall
enter the State (during the continuance of this Decree) and Settle and make
Improvements upon the said Tract: the same to be located by the Director
of Colonization, hereafter to be named, and immediate possession given.
ARTICLE 2. Each Family, entering the State and settling upon its Territory,
receive ONE HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND in addition to the 250 granted
to Single Settlers.
ARTICLE 3. A Right to Occupy and Improve shall be issued to Applicants;
the expiration of Six Months--upon satisfactory evidence being presented
to the Director of Colonization, of compliance with the provisions of this
Decree--TITLE will be given.
ARTICLE 4. No DUTIES shall be Levied on the Personal Effects, Household
Furniture, Agricultural Implements, Seeds, Plants, Domestic Animals, or
other Imports for the Personal use of the Colonists, or the development of
the resources of the Land donated; and Colonists shall be exempt from all
extraordinary Taxes and Contributions, and from all Public Service, except
when the public safety shall otherwise demand.
ARTICLE 5. The Colonists (being Citizens of the Republic) cannot alienate
Land granted, to any foreign government whatever; and shall not alienate
the said Land, or their rights thereunto, until after an occupancy of at least
ARTICLE 6. A Colonialization Office shall be established, and
a Director of
Colonialization appointed; whose business it shall be to attend to
applications from the Emigrants, to Collect and Dispense Seeds, Plants, &c.,
and to keep the Registry Books of the Department.
Done in Granada, the 23d of November, 1855.
President of the Republic.
We, the Undersigned, have read the foregoing DECREE, dated
November, 1855," and hereby declare our intention of Emigrating
to Nicaragua, to avail ourselves of its Privileges and comply with
its Conditions. We do, also, declare that we shall carry with us, to
Nicaragua, Personal Property as set forth against our respective