The Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain. Photo by Anual, from Wikimedia Commons. Notes and Documents Of Documents and Archives: The First Modern Census of Texas By Samuel Abell and G. Douglas Inglis* he story of the origin, creation, transmission, reception, and archiving of the first modern census of Texas offers an Topportunity to assess the bureaucratic reach and communication processes in the late eighteenth-century Spanish Atlantic world. In those processes an array of officials in Texas, Mexico, and Spain produced an extensive paper trail that left documents in one American, three Mexican, and two Spanish archives. Studying this paper trail allows modern scholars the opportunity to understand how crown officials at each stage of the bureaucracy used them, or failed to use them, in formulating policies for the empire. But it is not just important to find documents; scholars must also know how to accurately evaluate their truthfulness and importance in the overall process of the reform and renovation of the Spanish Atlantic world. It is a story that stretched across the empire, whose administrative apparatus produced a surprising amount of information, even from such a remote province as Texas. Remote Texas might have been, but it
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Sep 12, 2018
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