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Texas CountiesTexas is divided into 254 counties, more than any other U.S. state Texas was originally divided into municipalities, a unit of local government under Spanish and Mexican rule. When the Republic of Texas gained its independence in 1836, there were 23 municipalities, which became the original Texas counties. Many of these would later be divided into new counties. The most recent county to be created was Kenedy County in 1921. The most recent county to be organized was Loving County in 1931
Bexar County, Texas
Bexar County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
San Antonio de Béjar, the capital of Mexican Texas and present-day San Antonio, Texas, in turn named for Saint Anthony and the Duke of Béjar, brother of the Spanish viceroy, who had died in 1686 defending Budapest from the Ottoman Empire
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Bexar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. Its county seat is San Antonio. In Spanish, "Béxar"
is pronounced [ˈbehaɾ]; however, in English it is pronounced /ˈbɛr/ "bear".
The newly formed Bexar County covered much of the western edge of settlement in Texas. During the late Mexican period, Texas had been divided into four departments, with the department of Bexar stretching from the Rio Grande to the Panhandleqv and as far west as El Paso. With the winning of Texas independence, the departments became counties, and on December 20, 1836, Bexar County was established, with San Antonio as county seat. Since 1860, when the partitioning of Bexar County began, 128 counties have been carved from the original county, leaving the present county at 1,248 square miles.
More at Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. ","
http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/hcb7.html (accessed November 4, 2008).
Bexar County is located in south-central Texas, about 190 miles (305 km) west of Houston and 140 miles (225 km)
inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"
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