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Perdido County, Texas

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Perdido County was formed in the 1820s. During the Texas Revolution, population was low in this area. Perdido county was forgotten during the post-revolution land grants and in the general confusion of the next few years. [1]

  • 1848 - the land east of the Rio Grande was ceded by Mexico to form Santa Fe County which became a source of contention between the United States and Republic of Texas.
  • 1850 the Compromise of 1850 - caused Perdido to disappear..[2]
  • Perdito was thought to be abolished in 1858, however either the governor did not sign the bill and virtually there was little or no population to complain to Austin. [3]
  • 1866 -post Civil War, this county surfaced again. [2]
  • 1871 - Perdito was officially officially declared defunct.[2]


Near the Rio Grande

Protected areas

Rio Grande River


Texas Territorial Compromise of 1850

This compromise of 1850- Texas had claimed some of New Mexico territory. The United States and Texas finally agreed for Texas to give up almost 1/3 of territory. Cause: anti-slavery people in the U. S. sought to trim the size of Texas, a slave state. Texas had tried to claim part of New Mexico territory years earlier. Thus citizens of New Mexico disagreed with Texas claiming this land.
A marker 4 miles east shows the official corner post marking agreement of Texas to give up some of the land won in her 1836 war for independence. This marks New Mexico's SE corner. When Texas was annexed to the United States, 1846, the territory was large: 98,300 square miles. These are now within the boundaries of the states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
  • After the Mexican War (1846-1848, over the United States annexation of Texas), the anti-slavery forces in the U. S. again wanted -to cut down the size of Texas. The Republic of Texas was in debt with the revolution. Thus it accepted the compromise of 1850 and gave up 1/3 of its area.
In return United States paid Texas $10,000,000. Texas used the money to pay off debts of Republic of Texas, and to set up $2,000,000 school fund, as well as build state buildings and the capitol. This new geographic description was: western boundary of Texas follows the 103rd meridian south from 36degrees 30'; intersects the 32nd parallel, then west along the parallel to the Rio Grande. The corner is marking a peaceable boundary agreement. There is an unbroken stretch of Permian Basin lands. [4]

Formed From

New Mexico Territory which Texas claimed in 1820-185


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perdido_County,_Texas
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.texasescapes.com/Counties/Ghost-Counties-of-Texas.htm#perdido
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perdido_County,_Texas
  4. http://www.texasescapes.com/Counties/Ghost-Counties-of-Texas.htm#compromise

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