The Nacogdoches Census 1792-1809 and Los Adaes: Some Observations

2015 Louisiana Studies Conference Presentation Abstract

“The Nacogdoches Census 1792-1809 and Los Adaes: Some Observations”

Presented by George E. Avery, Stephen F. Austin State University

The Nacogdoches Census covered an area in the modern states of Texas and Louisiana, and a look at the censuses reveals changes in the way people are described. Dr. Matthew Babcock was in charge of the Nacogdoches Census Project, and he posted the Nacogdoches Census for 1792, 1793, 1794, 1805, and 1809 on the website of the Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University. Among other things, it gives us a better look at the civilian population associated with the Presidio Los Adaes, which was closed in 1773, as the casta (roughly ethnicity) and place of birth are given for the censuses of 1792, 1793, and 1805. For the number of Indios (Indians) born at Los Adaes there are 17 in 1792, and only one in 1805. Most of the Indios of 1792 are described as Mestizos (mixed Indian/Spanish) in 1805, and there is one Español (Spanish).

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