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RickS


Aug 24, 2014, 7:47 PM

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Why? Border of States

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I guess I've kinda known about this in a general way but.....

If one looks at a map of the states 'around' Nuevo Laredo one will see what I think is a curiosity. The State of Tamaulipas reaches NW along the border maybe farther than it would seem 'natural'. It looks like it might should have stopped around Reynosa. But no, it meanders up the border to Nuevo Laredo taking what seems like should be part of the State of Nuevo Leon.

And if that is not weird enough, Nuevo Leon, denied a connection all along the border and the Rio Bravo from Reynosa to Nuevo Laredo, finally gets its chance up around the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity bridge crossing... but it is just a tiny strip of land maybe 10 km wide tucked between Tamaulipas and Coahuila!

Anybody know the story behind this seemingly weird boundary alignment? Altahabana? Tony B?
The proverbial minds are curious.



sioux4noff

Aug 25, 2014, 7:06 AM

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Look at the size/shape of Jalisco to see more odd state line delineation.


tonyburton


Aug 25, 2014, 7:58 AM

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I'm not 100% sure, but believe that it is a "relic" from when Mexico stretched much further north and included a large chunk of the USA. The northern boundary was changed (essentially to be the course of the Rio Grande), but the southern boundary was left as it was.
The map of Mexico in 1824 - http://geo-mexico.com/?p=895 - shows the situation at that time.


tonyburton


Aug 25, 2014, 8:02 AM

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The Nuevo León case is somewhat different. (Actually, I've been thinking of writing a Geo-Mexico post about that case for a while!) For someone else's summary, including useful google map, see http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/nuevo-leon-border/


richmx2


Aug 25, 2014, 1:21 PM

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Looks like somebody decided N.L. needed river frontage and a direct outlet to Texas ... Mexican states had a lot more independence from each other in the 19th century (and sometimes called out their state militias on each other). State revenues coming largely from import duties on goods crossing even from other states, or somebody wanted to put a railroad thru there, so I'd guess it was some sort of inter-state political settlement.

That, or the surveying being done in the days before GPS, somebody goofed (that happens quite a bit).


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