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whose western extremities border on the Pacific;
Queretaro, Guanaxuato, Zacatecas, Durango, and
Chihuahua, which occupy the central region and
extend between the two oceans. The Territories comprised
Tlaxcala, with the Californias and Colima,
on the western coast, and the inland district of
Santa Fe of New Mexico.
The State of Coahuila and Texas comprehended
the same extent of territory which constituted the
provinces so called before their union as a member
of the Federation. The .annexation of Texas to
Coahuila was provisional merely; the former being
entitled to dissolve the connexion whenever it possessed
the population and resources requisite for the
formation of a constitutional unity. At the period
of their federal organization, the joint population
of Coahuila and Texas probably did not exceed
100,000 souls. The population of the Intendancy
of San Luis Potosi amounted, in 1803, to little
more than 300,000.
According to the calculations of Humboldt, the
whole population of New Spain amounted, in 1803,
to 5,832,100, of whom 6,100 only were African
negroes. Mr. C. J. Latrobe, who visited Mexico in
1834, thus classifies and enumerates its inhabitants
at that period:The
population of New Spain consists of seven
distinct classes, besides people of recent Asiatic
The Gachupin (or Chapetone), the full-blood
European, or, more properly, the Spaniard,
whose numbers now are very inconsiderable,
having dwindled down, since the Revolution,
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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/m1/58/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .