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    [Broadside] Melchor Muzquiz: Decree to Establish Constitutional Legislatures of the Three Newly Formed States. 12" x 17", with an irregular left margin. Dated "México 7 de Febero [sic] de 1824" and signed Melchor Muzquiz, Fernando Navarro, Secretario. With heading: "El ciudadano Melchor Muzquiz. Coronel de ejército, Teniente Coronel Mayor de Nacionales de infanteria de esta capital, y Gefe superior politico de su provincia."

    In part: "Law to establish the constitutional Legilatures of the States, Internal State of the West composed of the Provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora, Internal State of the North, composed of the Provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Durango y Nuevo Mexico, and Internal State of the East composed of the Provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Texas..." The decree then goes on to delineate the process of elections and governing rule of the newly formed states.

    This law, promulgated Feb. 4, 1824 by Juan Guzman, combines eight of the nine former Internal Provinces into three new states. Texas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila are to form the Internal State of the East, with its capital at Monterrey. Nuevo Leon and Coahuila are each to elect five and Texas one member of the constituent legislature to meet at Monterrey. Possibly as a result of the violent opposition of Nuevo Leon, the new state never came into being. Three months later, by the law Decree No. 45 of May 16, 1824 Nuevo Leon became a separate state and Coahuila and Texas were combined as another.

    Reference: Streeter 701.1

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