Durango, composed of the former Mexican states of Sonora, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas and Jalisco, Durango became the State of Durango after the State of Jefferson united with the Republic of Mexico as the United States of Mexico in 1819.
Durango was ruled through an alliance of Anglo-Hispano politicians, who dominated the Mexicano peasantry. Durango, along with Chiapas and Mexico del Norte, gave the Catholic Church special rights under the state charter. A poverty stricken and segregated state, Governor Alberto Rias attempted to introduce cotton agriculture to the state with limited success and encouraged Jeffersonian immigration, which brought slavery into the state.
Heading into the 1830's the future of Durango's mineral resources were being considered and with the rise of Tampico, Durango became a far wealthier state in the 1830's. The silver mines of Durango, were even responsible for the Mexican adoption of paper money in 1829.
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