Documentos Para La Historia Historia Eclesiastica De Texas o Nuevas Philipinas 1720-1779

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Author: José Porrúa Turanzas

Year: 1961

Publisher: Edicciones Jose Porrua Turanzas

Place: Madrid


xii+463 pages with plate, folding map and index. Quarto (10" x 7") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Coleccion Chilalistac de Libros y documentos acerca la Nueva Espana Number 12. Number 46 of 225 copies. First edition.

In the 16th century, the northern frontier of New Spain was Nueva Vizcaya, beginning from 1531. As development increased in the 17th century, a new province was created on its east in 1687, namely, Nueva Extremadura, a very extensive territory at the time, now identified with the much smaller state of Coahuila, in Mexico. In 1722, the northeast of Nueva Extremadura was politically detached and officially named Nuevo Reino de las Filipinas, also known by its short form, Nuevas Filipinas. The name was first used by Antonio Margil in July 1716, during his participation in Domingo Ramón's expedition to prevent French expansion from Louisiana. Some sources say it was Ramón himself who used it first, followed by Margil on his July letter. The next record of the name is a letter written by Isidro de Espinosa in February 1718. The name first appeared in an official document in 1718, in a letter addressed to Martín de Alarcón: A March 11, 1718 instruction letter for Alarcon's 1718 reinforcements expedition refers to "Nuevas Filipinas", differentiating the New Philippines from the province of Coahuila and New Extremadura. In a report of his services to the Spanish government, Alarcón would go on to refer to himself as "governor and lieutenant captain general of the Province of the Texas and New Philippines." Alarcón signed the foundation document of the San Antonio de Valero mission, dating it May 1, 1718, in his capacity as "General of the Provinces of the Kingdom of the New Philippines."

The name New Philippines progressively ceased to be used in government reports, the census, instructions, and correspondence, and by the early 1800s few legal documents made reference to the New Philippines, other than in land grants. With the end of New Spain and the creation of the Mexican Empire in 1821, the sole legal name for the territory of the New Philippines became Provincia de Texas, which years later became part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas.


Wrappers with some closed tears. Unread with the folds yet to be separated else better than very good.

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