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of Tamaulipas; and on the west, by Coahuila,
Chihuahua, and the Territory of New Mexico.
Colonel Almonte was informed by the State government
of Coahuila and Texas, that, instead of
the River de las Nueces, as was generally supposed,
and as then appeared on the map, forming the boundary
between Coahuila and Texas, this assumption
was founded on a geographical error. The true limit
ought, it was alleged, to commence at the embouchure
of the river Aransaso, and follow to its source, continuing
thence, in a direct line, until it reached the
junction of the Medina and San Antonio rivers;
from which it ought to proceed along the eastern
bank of the Medina towards its source, and terminate
on the borders of Chihuahua. Mrs. Holley,
in her work on Texas, states that the boundaries of
Texas Proper are,-on the north, the Red River,
separating it from Arkansas; on the south, the Gulf
of Mexico; on the east, the Sabine River and
Louisiana; on the west, the River Nueces, separating
it from Tamaulipas and Coahuila. The territory
comprised within these limits Mrs. Holley
estimates at nearly 200,000 square miles-a surface
almost as extensive as that of France. But these
vague authorities are now obsolete, with regard to the
limits of Texas, which, no longer politically united
to Mexico, has claimed for itself new, more ample,
and more natural boundaries, in the character of an
By a preliminary article of the constitutional act
adopted at Saltillo, llth March, 1827, the constituent
congress of Coahuila and Texas divided the
territory of the state " for its better administration"
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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/m1/60/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .