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Position of Texas as a Mexican Province-Extent, Territorial Distribution
and Political Divisions of Mexico, under the Government
of Spain-States and Territories of the Mexican Republic
-Coahuila and Texas-Population of Mexico-Boundaries and
Subdivisions of Texas Proper-Present Boundaries of the Republic
- Natural Divisions of Texas - Remarkable Contrast
between the Border sections and the lands of the Interior.
TEXAS, previous to attaining the rank of an independent
state, formed an outlying section of the
Mexican Republic, which republic, embracing the
territory formerly comprised in the vice-royalty
of New Spain, was bounded, to the east and southeast,
by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea;
to the west, by the Pacific ocean; to the south, by
Guatemala; and to the north, by the States of the
The territorial extent of Mexico has been estimated
by Humboldt at 118,478 square leagues, of
25 to the degree; of which 82,000 are situated
under the temperate, and 36,500 under the torrid,
zone. This estimate does not include a large, but
almost unknown, territory lying between the northern
extremity of New Mexico and Sonora, and the
boundary line of the United States.
At the close of the last century, and before the
administration of affairs introduced by Don Jose de
Galvez, the able minister of " the Indies," New
Spain contained the following divisions:-1. The
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/55/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .