Spanish Water, Anglo Water: Early Development in San Antonio

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In 1718, the Spanish settled San Antonio, partly because of its prolific and breathtaking springs-at that time, one of the largest natural spring systems in the known world. The abundance of fresh water, coupled with the Spanish colonial legal concept that water was to be equitably shared by all settlers, led to the building of the system of acequias (canals or ditches) within the settlement. The system is one of the earliest and perhaps most extensive municipal water systems in...
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Overview

In 1718, the Spanish settled San Antonio, partly because of its prolific and breathtaking springs-at that time, one of the largest natural spring systems in the known world. The abundance of fresh water, coupled with the Spanish colonial legal concept that water was to be equitably shared by all settlers, led to the building of the system of acequias (canals or ditches) within the settlement. The system is one of the earliest and perhaps most extensive municipal water systems in North America.

This book offers a meticulous chronicling of the origins and often-contentious development of water rights in San Antonio from its Spanish settlement through the beginning of the twentieth century.

CHARLES R. PORTER JR. is a real estate and construction expert, Texas Real Estate Commission instructor, and adjunct professor of history at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net Reviews - Margaret A. Bickers

"In his slim and well-illustrated history Spanish Water, Anglo Water: Early Development in San Antonio, Charles R. Porter Jr. tells the story of early San Antonio, Texas through the element of water. . . This readable and well-illustrated work is a good introduction to San Antonio's water situation and will attract the interested lay reader. . . The work is also a useful addition to the literature on Hispanic water development and the subsequent overlay of English legal ideas in the American Southwest."--Margaret A. Bickers, H-Net Reviews
Review of Texas Books - Cristina Rios

"This well researched book...could be appealing...to many audiences."--Cristina Rios, Review of Texas Books
Austin American Statesman - Mike Cox

"Spanish Water, Anglo Water overflows with insight into the story of water and water rights in the Alamo City. While thoroughly researched, Porter's book is readable history as well. And though the focus is on San Antonio, it is a natural starting point for an overall understanding of water matters in Texas because Texas water law has been much influenced by Spanish law."--Mike Cox, Texana writer for the Austin American Statesman
The Lone Star - Ed Porter

". . . this book is a must-read for environmental, lawmakers, and public policy experts. . . This wonderful book about San Antonio and its water system is 'WOW!' rated."--Ed Porter, The Lone Star
Southwestern Historical Quarterly - Char Miller

". . .the modern era. . . Porter expects to narrate in a companion volume. For it to be a success, it should be a more robust and interpretative text."--Char Miller, Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Southern Historian - Allison D. Huntley

". . . a pleasure to read. . . a necessary read for graduate students and scholars of US legal and environmental history."--Allison D. Huntley, The University of Alabama, Southern Historian
H-Net Reviews

"In his slim and well-illustrated history Spanish Water, Anglo Water: Early Development in San Antonio, Charles R. Porter Jr. tells the story of early San Antonio, Texas through the element of water. . . This readable and well-illustrated work is a good introduction to San Antonio's water situation and will attract the interested lay reader. . . The work is also a useful addition to the literature on Hispanic water development and the subsequent overlay of English legal ideas in the American Southwest."--Margaret A. Bickers, H-Net Reviews

— Margaret A. Bickers

Review of Texas Books

"This well researched book...could be appealing...to many audiences."--Cristina Rios, Review of Texas Books

— Cristina Rios

Austin American Statesman

"Spanish Water, Anglo Water overflows with insight into the story of water and water rights in the Alamo City. While thoroughly researched, Porter's book is readable history as well. And though the focus is on San Antonio, it is a natural starting point for an overall understanding of water matters in Texas because Texas water law has been much influenced by Spanish law."--Mike Cox, Texana writer for the Austin American Statesman

— Mike Cox

The Lone Star

". . . this book is a must-read for environmental, lawmakers, and public policy experts. . . This wonderful book about San Antonio and its water system is 'WOW!' rated."--Ed Porter, The Lone Star

— Ed Porter

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

". . .the modern era. . . Porter expects to narrate in a companion volume. For it to be a success, it should be a more robust and interpretative text."--Char Miller, Southwestern Historical Quarterly

— Char Miller

Southern Historian

". . . a pleasure to read. . . a necessary read for graduate students and scholars of US legal and environmental history."--Allison D. Huntley, The University of Alabama, Southern Historian

— Allison D. Huntley, The University of Alabama

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CHARLES R. PORTER JR. is a real estate and construction expert, Texas Real Estate Commission instructor, and adjunct professor of history at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
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