From Lots of Land:
In 1804, according to Mrs. Hatcher, there were sixty-eight foreigners living in Spanish Texas, of whom fifty had been there more than three years. Thirteen of them were Americans, among them William Barr and Samuel Davenport. There were nine Frenchmen and eight Irishmen living at Nacogdoches. None of
them held land titles from the Spanish, nor did Gil Ybarbo and his clan. But they were there, with deep roots in the soil, and they were never budged, not even twenty-odd years later when a foreign empresario sought to evict them.
See It Was Americans Who Broke Through from the same source at Relatively Fiction.