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Conflict and Commerce on the Rio Grande: Laredo, 1775-1955

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Overview


Laredo is a city at the crossroads of North American history. Founded by the Spanish in 1755, it has stood at the intersection of regional commerce since its earliest days. Now, John A. Adams, Jr. provides the first-ever panoramic business and economic history of Laredo. He traces the evolution of the region from its early days as a ranching center into the mid-twentieth century, when Laredo had become what it remains today: a booming port of trade and a principal center of commerce and financial services on the southern border of the United States.

In Commerce and Conflict on the Rio Grande Adams demonstrates how the increasingly diversified economy of the region fed the fortunes of the city. His narrative, buttressed throughout by tables and statistics, paints a vivid mural of both the economic forces and the farsighted and ambitious individuals that combined to bring prosperity to this unique American city. Readers will find a wealth of insights into regional economics, history, and borderlands themes.

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Editorial Reviews

Western Historical Quarterly

"This well researched survey of Laredo's economic history will be of interest to local historians and to scholars studying commercial relations between Mexico and the United States. The book is an excellent case study demonstrating the relationship of local growth to national and international policies. Adams is to be complimented for this useful survey of Laredo's economic history." -- James McLaird, Emeritus, Dakota Wesleyan University, Western Historical Quarterly

— James McLaird

Laredo Morning Times

"This marks the first book to offer a view at the business and economic history of Laredo." -Laredo Morning Times
Roberto R. Calderon

“One of the ironies of the historiography on Laredo is that almost all of it concerns itself with the period prior to 1900. Laredo: Commerce and Conflict on the Rio Grande, 1755-1955 attempts to breach this standing blockage, and forges ahead into the middle of the twentieth-century. Credit its author, John A. Adams, for staking a place in this promising direction. The book presents a broad chronological overview as it discusses a wide ranging set of subjects. The book renders a business history of Laredo, and in this respect it is related to the historiography of an earlier era. Adams does provide a steady narrative of the particular greatness achieved by one certain Texas urban center—Laredo—that has the second longest existence as a continuously settled community in the state. He is attempting to give the residents of a city where he lived and worked for a good many years a business history of their city upon the 250th anniversary of its founding. This objective deserves our praise and as presented is fully met.”--Roberto R. Calderon, University of North Texas
Western Historical Quarterly - James McLaird

"This well researched survey of Laredo's economic history will be of interest to local historians and to scholars studying commercial relations between Mexico and the United States. The book is an excellent case study demonstrating the relationship of local growth to national and international policies. Adams is to be complimented for this useful survey of Laredo's economic history." -- James McLaird, Emeritus, Dakota Wesleyan University, Western Historical Quarterly
Western Historical Quarterly

"This well researched survey of Laredo''s economic history will be of interest to local historians and to scholars studying commercial relations between Mexico and the United States. The book is an excellent case study demonstrating the relationship of local growth to national and international policies. Adams is to be complimented for this useful survey of Laredo''s economic history." -- James McLaird, Emeritus, Dakota Wesleyan University

— James McLaird

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603440424
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Series: Canseco-Keck History Series , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,452,754
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


For ten years, JOHN A. ADAMS, JR., lived and worked in Laredo, where he served as executive director and CEO of the Laredo Development Foundation. He now resides in Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University.
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Table of Contents


Tables, Maps, and Figures
1 La Villa de San Agustin de Laredo
2 The Swelling Storm
3 War on the Rio Grande
4 Gateway to International Commerce
5 Ore, Onions, and Oil
6 War, Floods, and Trade Epilogue Appendix A Laredo Population, 1755-2005 Appendix B Banking, 1880-2005 Appendix C English and Spanish Measures Appendix D Peso-Dollar Valuation, 1900-2006 Appendix E "The Streets of Laredo"
Appendix F Glossary and Terms Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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