The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 94
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94 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
"At half-past one we arrived at the river of Medina, the divis-
ional line of the provinces of Coahuila and Texas."'
The comandante general of the Provincias Internas, the Cabal-
lero de Croix, thus expresses himself concerning the Nueces bound-
"The presidio of Bahia del Espiritu Santo with the mission of
the same name, and that of Rosario constitute the second jurisdic-
tion of this province [Texas], which is found upon the coast of the
Mexican Gulf [extending] from the mouth of the river Nueces,
which separates it from the colony of Nuevo Santander."2
As both of these provinces were in the jurisdiction of the com-
andante, he could have no motive for extending or retrenching the
boundaries of either. His testimony, therefore, would be even
stronger than that of Father Morfi and other writers wholly un-
connected with the provinces.
In 1787 there came a report from an expedition sent to explore
the coasts of Nuevo Santander. It recommended the establishment
of a post at the mouth of the Rio Grande, for the encouragement of
the settlement of that region. It mentions the fact that the expedi-
tion had visited Camargo, Laredo, and other towns in the colony of
Nuevo Santander." The correspondent remits a map to the viceroy,
but unfortunately this map, as is generally the case with those
drawn to illustrate Spanish documents, does not, at the present
time, accompany the report.
With so much external evidence concerning the boundaries of the
province, it would be strange if none could be produced from within
Texas itself. However, even this is not lacking. In 1770, the
cabildo and residents of San Fernando (the nucleus of the modern
San Antonio) made a representation of their grievous situation to
Governor Ripperda, in which appears the following statement:
"This province is composed of nine missions and four presidios
* * * whose jurisdiction starts from the river of Medina, which
Morfi, Viaje de Indios y Diario del Nuevo Mexico, 457.
2Report of de Croix, Chihuahua, September 23, 1778, in Expediente
Sobre Comercio, Historia 43, Archivo General.
El Conde de la Sierra Gorda to Viceroy Flores, June 19, 1787,.Historia
43, Archivo General.
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