Notes and Documents
materials gathered and few proposals seem to have originated out
of a study of them.2
The Consulado must have begun to make its inquiries shortly
after it received the orders mentioned, because by the early spring
of 1803 near-by subdelagaciones, alcaldias, and other such govern-
mental units began to send the information requested to the
Veracruz agency.a It was not until 1804, however, and even after,
that replies were received from the more remote areas.4 The
province of Durango forwarded its answers on January 27, 1804,
the kingdom of New Galicia on April 18, 1804, and the provinces
of Sonora and Sinaloa on March 27, 1805.5 And, for that matter,
the "Provincia de Texas" had sent in the answers reproduced
below on August 20, 1804.6
THE PROVINCE OF TEXAS
A list of the Presidios, Towns, and Missions which it presently
Capital: the Town of San Fernando de Austria or Presidio
of San Antonio de B6xar in which the Governor makes
San Antonio Valero. A secularized mission just across the
B6xar River from the above.
The Mission of the Purisima Concepci6n de Acufia, at a
league's distance from the last-named.
The Mission of San Jose de Aguayo. Twenty leagues [away].
The Mission of San Juan Capistrano, three leagues.
2For a discussion of one phase of their usefulness, see Robert S. Smith, "Jose
Maria Quir6s: 'Balanza del Comercio Maritimo de Veracruz' e Ideas Econ6micos,"
in El Trimestre Econdmico (Mexico, 1984 to date), Vol. XIII, No. 4 (January-
March, 1947), 680-711.
8See the "Apuntes estadisticas de la Intendencia de Veracruz," in "Relaciones,"
4Evidence that the delay was not entirely the fault of the Veracruz officials is to
be had from the admission made by an official in Durango that he had received
the Consulado's questionnaire on February 5, 1803. Ibid., 89.
sSee "Durango, afio de 1803," "Provincia de Guadalajara," and "Noticias esta-
disticas de la provincias de Sonora y Sinaloa," in ibid., 89-98, 101-121, 125-140o.
6Mexico, Archivo Hist6rico de Hacienda. Legajo 442, Expediente 32. The Texas
documents reproduced below are faithful transcriptions of the originals, with no
editorial revisions. Since it is not always entirely clear, however, from Governor
Elguezabal's answers, just what questions the Consulado had asked, there have
been added, in the form of footnote citations, the indications given by Governor
Bernardo Bonavi, of Durango, in his replies, as they were published in "Relaciones,"
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/. Accessed May 19, 2013.