The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898

History of Texas Geography.

HISTORY OF TEXAS GEOGRAPHY.
Z. T. FULMORE.
The great diversity of jurisdiction exercised over the area em-
braced within what is now known as Texas, and the geographical
changes consequent upon the many political vicissitudes through
which it has passed, render the history of its political geography
peculiarly interesting, though complicated, and in many respects
puzzling.
It is probable that no part of the Western world has been subject
to so many sovereignties, or has furnished so many bases for inter-
national contention.
All that part of its geographical history prior to 1819 is involved
in an uncertainty and obscurity which has baffled the patience and
genius of even so great an exploiter as Mr. H. H. Bancroft, and if
we were to content ourselves with the progress he and other histo-
rians have made, and with the conclusions arrived at by them, many
disconnected fragments and political coincidences would remain as
idle excrescences upon the pages of our history, and among the ac-
cumulated piles of annals covering a period of over two hundred
years.
As these fragments are gathered up, one by one, and classified in
the order of their significance and logical relation to each other, it
begins to dawn upon us that the various processes through which
we have grown into our present proportions have followed each
other in a somewhat orderly development, and that the time may
come when it shall be possible for that interesting period of our
history to be presented as a harmonious and philosophical story.
Unrequited individual effort has accomplished nearly all that has
been accomplished along that line, but when we reflect upon the
fact that much that is material to our history is buried among the
tomes at Madrid, Mexico City, Guadalaxara, Zacatecas, San Luis
Potosi, Queretaro, Saltillo, Arizpe, Chihuahua, and even in our own
San Antonio, and all in a foreign language, the present generation
may almost despair.
What is here contributed is intended as a pioneer effort to class-

Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101009/. Accessed July 10, 2014.