OK, fine. It doesn’t matter one way or the other if money changed hands under or over the table before or after. I think the Mexicans were quite content at the time (not so later) to place American settlers on the frontier to take the brunt of the Indian wars.Well, if businesses want something from the government in Washington, they make campaign contributions and hire lobbying firms. The Congressional committees and regulatory agencies are generally strongly influenced by the businesses they legislate on or regulate. My understanding is that in Mexico City thing are more blatantly corrupt.
I can't see how the Spanish and Mexican governments were granting land for free to businessmen, who would then resell it, without those businessmen handing out money in some way.