The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 24
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24 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
nicipalities, and clothed with plenary powers, was called to meet
March 1, 1836. This convention promptly convened on that day,,
and, on the next, declared Texas independent, and framed the Con-
stitution for the new Republic. That Constitution provided for
dividing the territory into counties, to be not less than 900 square
miles in area; a provisional government was organized; the Consti-
tution submitted to and adopted by the people in September follow-
ing. In October, the first Congress of the Republic of Texas as-
sembled, and, instead of formally dividing the Republic into coun-
ties, recognized the existing municipalities as such, defined and
adjusted their boundaries, subdivided them, and created new ones.
as circumstances required it, and provided such machinery as was
requisite to an efficient system of local republican government.
The ayuntamiento, the alcalde, and other relics of Spanish mon-
archy, gave way to the county court, the justice of the peace, the
sheriff, and other insignia of a truly representative government.
From 1836 to 1897, the process of subdivision has gone steadily on,
until, from the twenty-three municipalities, with a vote of 4322,
we have grown into 244 counties, 224 of which are organized, hav-
ing a vote of 540,000, and in the peaceful enjoyment of all the
blessings which a truly republican form of government vouchsafes.
What the future geography of our State will be, it is not the prov-
ince of this paper to discuss. The basis for that article of annexa-
tion which provided for the erection of her territory into five States
has long since ceased to exist, and the article itself stands upon the
pages of our history as a mere relic, into which no magic of politi-
cal ambition can ever infuse life; the memories of the Alamo, Go-
liad, and San Jacinto, are every year taking deeper hold in the
minds and hearts of the people; her 750,000 school children march
each year more proudly to the music of the battle songs of '36; the
orator, poet, and historian are every year embalming the glories of
the struggle which gave birth to the young empire. United from
Sabine Pass to El Paso, and from Texarkana to Brownsville, by
hands of steel, common and equal partners in an indivisible herit-
age of a university and other higher institutions of learning, in a
common school endowment of $12,000,000, and a landed endow-
ment equal in area to the State of Indiana, all cementing her citi-
zenship into one common policy, our unity becomes more compact
as the years roll by.
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