Three hundred colonists, led by William B. Travis, first settled on the banks of the Brazos River north of what is now Richmond. It was the first Anglo settlement in Hispanic Texas, hence the name for First Colony. The territory's fertile soil historically was the basis of sugar cane, rice and cattle production.
The master-planned community of First Colony is among the leading areas in housing starts over the past three years. Most of the homes are new, less than 10 years old in many cases. New tract, semi-custom and custom homes are available, many within a country club setting.