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Kingdom of Mexico; 2. The Kingdom of New
Gallicia; 3. The Kingdom of New Leon; 4. The
Colony of New Santander; 5. The Province of
Texas; 6. The Province of Coahuila (or Cohahuila);
7. The Province of New Biscay; 8. The
Province of Sonora; 9. The Province of New
Mexico; 10. The Provinces of Old and New
(Lower and Upper) California.
At the beginning of the present century, Mexico
was divided into twelve Intendancies and three
Provinces. The Intendancy of San Luis Potosi,
in the region of the north-east, comprehended the
province of Texas, the colonies of New Santander
and Coahuila, the kingdom of New Leon, and the
districts of Charcas, Altamira, Catorce and Ramos;
which districts constituted the Intendancy of San
Luis Potosi, properly so called. " The Intendancy of
San Luis," observes Baron Humboldt, "includes,
besides the province of Potosi, all that goes under
the denomination of' Provincias Internas Orientales'
(the Eastern Provinces of the Interior). A single
Intendant is, consequently, at the head of an administration
which includes a greater surface than all
European Spain. But this immense country, gifted
by nature with the most precious productions, and
situated under a serene sky, in the temperate zone,
towards the borders of the tropic, is, for the greatest
part, a wild desert, still more thinly peopled than
the governments of Asiatic Russia. The position of
the eastern limits of New Spain, the proximity of
the United States, the frequency of communication
with the colonists of Louisiana, with a great number
of circumstances which I shall not here develop,
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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/m1/56/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .