A borderlands town in transition : Laredo, 1755-1870 by Gilberto M. Hinojosa

By Gilberto M. Hinojosa

Wave upon wave of beginners has penetrated the semiarid plains of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. one of the settlers and sojourners alongside the Rio Grande within the mid–eighteenth century have been the founders of Laredo, who got here looking survival and permanence in that chaparral country.

Established in 1755 as an outpost of recent Spain, Laredo, like different borderlands cities, has periodically been buffeted by means of robust outdoors forces that dissatisfied the good society and family members team spirit attribute of the early villa. in contrast to another border groups, even though, it has maintained a well-known Mexican-American political and monetary elite.

Applying quantitative ideas of demographic research and interweaving their effects with extra conventional narrative, Gilberto Miguel Hinojosa tells the tale of a borderlands city and its humans. He indicates how higher occasions corresponding to battle, fiscal melancholy, and alterations of sovereignty affected kin constitution, racial and ethnic divisions, social-class kinfolk, age composition of the inhabitants, estate possession, literacy, and different features of the day-by-day lives of the townspeople. His conclusions recommend that existence in those groups was once faraway from the static, uneventful lifestyles it was believed to be.

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He did not teach arithmetic, or at least did not report 24 Decree of José Andrés Farías, 14 July, 1816, José de Sánchez to Idelfonso Ramón 21 August 1819, José María García to Idelfonso Ramón, 6 and 13 September 1819, decree of José Francisco de la Garza, 12 January 1824, case against Gregorio García, 28 February to 24 March 1824, all in Laredo Archives.  Augustine Catholic Church, Laredo).  The integrity of the new state of Tamaulipas was preserved, how­ 26 According to the schoolmaster, the parents were unwilling to allow him discipline the children effectively (Francisco Fernández to the cabildo, 1 October 1822, in Laredo Archives).

49 Decree of 15 November 1783, suit of Gabriel Tovar against Don Rafael Oropresa, 6 May 1816, and Santiago de Jesús Sánchez to Captain José de la Garza, 6 May 1899, all in Laredo Archives. 50 José González to Manuel Ygnacio de Escandón, 7 July 1797, and testimony of Leonardo Sánchez, 19 July 1783, in Laredo Archives.  464.  Augustine Catholic Church, Laredo.  There, the same tinder existed that inspired the uprising nationally­divisions among ethnic and racial groups, excesses or neglect by the central authority, and frustrations of upwardly mobile criollos ("Spaniards" born in the New World); and the tinder was ready to be ignited.

Apaches and Comanches, now better armed because of the American commercial presence in the Mexican borderlands, renewed their campaigns along the Rio Grande under pressures from the growing Indian population on the plains.  196­98; and Vito Alessio Robles, Coahuila y Texas desde la consumacón de la independencia hasta el tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo, I, 157­58, 166­41.  340­41.  489­91; Alessio Robles, Coahuila y Texas, II 239­43.  Later that summer Laredoans sent the commandant the first confirmation of their loyalty and reported the formation of six companies.

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