A Borderlands Town In Transition Summary

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Hinojosa, Gilberto Miguel. A borderlands town in transition: Laredo, 1755-1870. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983. In his book, A borderlands town in transition: Laredo, 1755-1870, author Gilberto Hinojosa explores the history of Laredo, Tx, originally known as Villa de San Agustín de Laredo. This book earned him the Presidio la Bahia Award, presented by the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
Since, then Mr Hinojosa has gone on to author and edit several works related to colonization and/or the Catholic Church. He wrote Friars and Indians: Towards a Perspective of Cultural Interaction in the San Antonio Missions in 1990. He edited U. S. Catholic Historian: Volume 9, Numbers 1 and 2, Spring 1990 (Special Hispanic Catholics Issues), Kauffman, Christopher J., Editor, MoisÃs Sandoval, Gilberto M. Hinojosa, Juan Alfaro Et Al. Co-authored
Viva LA Virgen De Guadalupe! the Visit of Pope John Paul II to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish San Antonio, Texas 1987 in February 1989 with Mary Ann Smothers Bruni and co-authored
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He takes us through the history of Laredo from its founding, to its different governments, it’s separation from Nuevo Laredo, population, society, religion, education opportunities and economy. He begins by telling the story of Jose de Escandon, his station and the task he is given in settling the area in North New Spain, the province, Nuevo Santander, and how the founding/settling of Laredo, made his mission complete. Escandon’s final three settlements were Dolores, Revilla and Laredo. I would have appreciated a map to visualize the geographic area that he was discussing. It’s odd to me the flow of topics within each chapter. He can be discussing economics and then discuss sex and relations in the next paragraph. Mr Hinojosa does mention that the small population of Laredo makes it possible to trace families through the various
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