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latter, terminating northward of the said source in
the Red River of Natchitoches.
The department of Nacogdoches was bounded
on the north by the Red River, east by the Sabine,
south by the Gulf of Mexico, and west by the
district of the Brazos, according to its previously
defined limits. These three departments and the
north-western section of the province, were topographically
distinguished by the location of the Mexican
" colonial grants," which will be hereafter noticed
in explaining the " Empresalio" system.
The chief towns of the state of Coahuila and
Texas were Monclova, Saltillo (called also Leona de
Vicario) in Coahuila, and San Antonio de Bexar,
the capital of the district of Bexar, in Texas.
The present boundary of Texas, as claimed by the
Republic, is specified in a short Act of Congress
approved by President Houston, December 19, 1836,
which runs thus : -" Be it enacted by the Senate
and House of Representatives of the Republic of
Texas in Congress assembled, That, from and after
the passing of this act, the civil and political jurisdiction
of this Republic be, and is hereby declared
to extend to the following boundaries; to wit:-Beginning
at the mouth of the Sabine river, and running
west along the Gulf of Mexico, three leagues
from land, to the mouth of the Rio Grande, thence
up the principal stream of said river to its source,
thence due north to the forty-second degree of north
latitude, thence along the boundary line as defined in
the treaty between the United-States and Spain, to the
beginning: and that the President be, and is hereby
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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/m1/62/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .