Life in Laredo: A Documentary History from the Laredo by Robert D. Wood

By Robert D. Wood

According to records from the Laredo data, lifestyles in Laredo indicates the evolution and improvement of everyday life in a city lower than the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the USA. Robert D. wooden, S.M., offers the 1st 100 years of heritage and tradition in Laredo as much as the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating-with fundamental resource evidence-the voters' ideals, cultural values, efforts to make a dwelling, political seesawing, petty quarreling, and incessant struggles opposed to neighborhood Indians. He additionally info rebellious army and invading foreigners one of the early settlers and later townspeople. due to its documentary nature, lifestyles in Laredo bargains insights into the comings and goings of its early electorate to not be stumbled on somewhere else. students and scholars of Texas and Mexican American historical past, in addition to the Laredoans celebrating the 250th anniversary (in 2005) of Laredo's founding, will welcome this quantity.

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Joseph González, D. Albino Martínez, Justo Joseph Quintana and Serreco Tanaella, to live in their houses [on the north side of the river], those who already had them and those who did not yet build them, within a period of fifteen days Laredo’s Leaders 31 from the day of this announcement, under penalty of twelve pesos fine and one month in jail for anyone who, knowing very well about it, has not carried out this order . . and in view of fulfilling the orders given me, as I have said, I expressly order all of those included in this decree to consider themselves notified and within the said period they must be part of the population in the plazas and streets of this town.

Lot,” “plot,” and “tract” are all words that would indicate its significance in English. I have chosen to use the word “section,” which the English dictionary defines as “a distinct part of a territorial . . area; a piece of land one square mile in area forming one of the . . ” The Spanish measurements are different, but the word conveys more clearly the idea of the division of land. There are several copies of the Visit of 1767 with the Laredo Archives, although they do not form part of the archives as such.

Leaders at various levels considered themselves little kings and they often used their positions to influence events or situations and some of them were not above fattening their bankrolls in whatever way possible. 1 Since authority was related in some way with nobility, everyone who exercised it had to have some sort of title. This was true starting with the viceroys who were usually the “Marquis” or “Count” of something-or-other. When it came to the provinces, the titles were not as pretentious, though Escandón was both Lieutenant General of the Si28 Laredo’s Leaders 29 erra Gorda and Captain General of Nuevo Santander, which meant that he had a right to appoint lesser authorities and confer some title on them.

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