The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 506
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
torial block remained nominally intact until it was divided by
the creation of Coahuila in 1687 and Tamaulipas in 1746.
The three provinces continued separate under the viceroy in
Mexico City until 1785 when they were combined with Texas to
form one of the three Commandancias which were erected along
the northern frontier of New Spain. Two years later a reorgan-
ization officially designated the new alignment as the Provincias
Internas del Oriente.
Twenty-five years afterwards, events in Spain attendant on the
Napoleonic wars resulted in the calling of the Cortes of 1811
with representatives from the colonies as well as the peninsula.
One of the most prominent of these was Dr. Miguel Ramos de
Arispe, delegate for the province of Coahuila and spokesman
for the Eastern Interior Provinces. The future father of Mexico's
first constitution felt that the area of northeastern Mexico repre-
sented an area bound by close geographical, historical, and po-
litical ties. He deplored attempts to weaken it by division, and his
Report to the Cortes is that of a man passionately devoted to his
For the people, climate, resources, and future of the provinces
Ramos Arispe had unstinted praise. The political state of the
region he blamed on Spanish misrule and domination. The
Report is a valuable source for students concerned with the
affairs of northeastern Mexico and Texas at the close of the
Spanish colonial period, and a service has been rendered by its
Miss Benson, already known for her work in this period of
Mexican history, has done an excellent job of translation and
annotation. Her introduction describes the man Ramos Arispe
and summarizes the nature and effect of his statement. She also
reviews the history of the Report immediately after its issuance
and through subsequent publication in Spanish and in English.
With additional research and publication aimed at developing
understanding and appreciation of cultural and historical sim-
ilarities there may yet emerge in the Southwest the area of Ramos
Arispe's dream, united outside of politics for the better physical
and cultural life of its citizens. In i811 Texas shared common
problems and sought joint solutions with Coahuila, Nuevo Leon,
and Tamaulipas. Because an international boundary now sep-
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