A family given a Texas island in 1759, sold later, seeks royalties never paid

Connie Gonzales is an heir to Jose Nicolas Ballí, who was given Padre Island by the King of Spain. After a 22 year search, she learned her family was owed mineral royalties from selling the land.
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Under an island isn't popular vacation spot in taxes. It's a relaxing place and sometimes the year but it's on soon. A big party place for young people. The only new. It's our history it's a legacy it's. Our hair kitchen. My name is those of Salmons how to send them an heir to the body family. Among them a certified. Genie out just. Growing up we heard these stories. We didn't know that that could be to an island belonging to the family from. I understand and none of the family members who turned their deeds over received payments. They Airset tiger island or just common people. They weren't reached this story about this. The loss of this land was a run that was faster ink Connie US search king and the courthouses. Quite meticulously for these deeds snow 1985 she almost magically find these deeds in that Clayburgh county courthouse. In south Texas. To me had there was like extreme. Happiness just to know that my people had been right in what they were saying. The most interesting thing about those deeds is there was saint royalty costs and there so. It allowed for us to do something important. And a. Nobody got rich from this case that I think that figure six and again. Was to have in the history and rewritten or her acted in a sense. Navistar AM Texas has been told through the eyes as the Anglo settlers we've been excluded from that story of taxes. So I think the significance of that case is much quieter. My happiness in this room is that we prove what we had already stated my family was vindicated in this system does weren't. Even in the Mexican American or any other ethnic group it takes time. Hotter works and it works.

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