Territories of Mexico

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1824 map of states and territories of Mexico.
1830 map of states and territories of Mexico.

The Territories of Mexico are part of the history of 19th and 20th century independent Mexico. The country created territories (territorios) for areas too lightly populated to be states, or for political reasons.

The 1824 Constitution of Mexico defined four territories. Seven others were created later in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Date Territory Change Legal source
1824-10-04 Alta California Territory created 1824 Constitution of Mexico
1824-10-04 Baja California Territory created 1824 Constitution of Mexico
1824-10-04 Colima Territory created 1824 Constitution of Mexico
1824-10-04 Nuevo México Territory created 1824 Constitution of Mexico
1824-11-24 Tlaxcala Territory created from parts of Puebla State.
1835-05-23 Aguascalientes Territory created from parts of Zacatecas State.
1858-05-03 Campeche Territory created from Campeche District of Yucatán State.
1884-12-12 Tepic Territory created from parts of Jalisco State. by decree of President Manuel González
1902-11-24 Quintana Roo Territory created from part of Yucatan State. by decree of President Porfirio Díaz
1930-12-30 Norte de Baja California Territory created from Baja California Territory
1930-12-30 Sur de Baja California Territory created from Baja California Territory

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