Life in Laredo: A Documentary History from the Laredo Archives

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Based on documents from the Laredo Archives, Life in Laredo shows the evolution and development of daily life in a town under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Isolated on the northern frontier of New Spain and often forgotten by authorities far away, the people of Laredo became as ?grand? as the river that flowed by their town and left an enduring legacy in a world of challenges and changes. Because of its documentary nature, Life in Laredo offers insights into the nitty-gritty of the comings ...
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Overview


Based on documents from the Laredo Archives, Life in Laredo shows the evolution and development of daily life in a town under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Isolated on the northern frontier of New Spain and often forgotten by authorities far away, the people of Laredo became as “grand” as the river that flowed by their town and left an enduring legacy in a world of challenges and changes. Because of its documentary nature, Life in Laredo offers insights into the nitty-gritty of the comings and goings of its early citizens not to be found elsewhere.

Robert D. Wood, S.M., presents the first one hundred years of history and culture in Laredo up to the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating—with primary source evidence—the citizens’ beliefs, cultural values, efforts to make a living, political seesawing, petty quarreling, and constant struggles against local Indians. He also details rebellious military and invading foreigners among the early settlers and later townspeople.

Scholars and students of Texas and Mexican American history, as well as the Laredoans celebrating the 250th anniversary (in 2005) of Laredo’s founding, will welcome this volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574411737
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series , #2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,468,350
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Brother Robert D. Wood, S.M., was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and joined the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1945. He received his Ph.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 1967, with a specialty in Latin American History. He is currently in charge of the archives at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where the Laredo Archives are housed. He has taught and held various administrative positions in Marianist high schools and universities in the United States, Canada, Japan, Peru, and Mexico.

The author of eight books on religion, history, and archaeology, Wood also has privately published six volumes of documents from the Laredo Archives, along with an index volume. He has translated several other works from Spanish to English for publication and contributed more than thirty articles to various journals and magazines.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
I Background Factors: The Source 1
II Life in Laredo
1 Beginnings and Consolidation: 1747-1767 15
2 Laredo's Leaders 28
3 Changing Allegiances 56
4 A World of Enemies 77
5 Sociological Aspects 110
6 Faith and Culture 136
7 Making a Living 164
8 Communications 179
III Conditions in Laredo
1 1789 191
2 1819 192
3 1824 194
4 1828 196
App. I Names of the Original Settlers 199
App. II Land Grants Allotted during the Visit of 1767 200
Index 203
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