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I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant

Mary Margaret McAllen Amberson; James A. McAllen; Margaret H. McAllen

Editore: Texas State Historical Assn, 2003
ISBN 10: 087611186X / ISBN 13: 9780876111864
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Titolo: I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of ...

Casa editrice: Texas State Historical Assn

Data di pubblicazione: 2003

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro: New

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A recent title that focuses on the great sweep of South Texas ranchland and history is I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant by Mary Margaret McAllen Amberson, James A. McAllen, and Margaret H. McAllen. Spanish Conquistadors and Mexican revolutionaries, cowboys and ranchers, Texas Rangers and Civil War generals are all a part of this centuries-long story of the men and women who struggled to make this land their home. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_087611186X

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Riassunto: This superb work of history tells the story of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the people who struggled to make this daunting land their home. Spanish conquistadors and Mexican revolutionaries, cowboys and ranchers, Texas Rangers and Civil War generals, entrepreneurs and empire builders are all a part of this centuries-long saga, thoroughly researched and skillfully presented here.

Steamboats used the inland waterway as a major transport route, and fortunes were made when the river served as the Confederacy?s only outlet for money and munitions. Mexican presidents and revolutionaries, European empires and investors, American cattle kings and entrepreneurs all considered this river frontier crucial. Men, women, and beasts braved the unforgiving climate of this land, and its cattle and cowboys gave rise to the great cattle drives up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas. It was and remains a crossroads of international cultures.

In this moving account of the history of the families of the Santa Anita land grant, almost two hundred years of the history of the lower Rio Grande Valley (1748–1940) are revealed. An important addition to any collection of Texas history, I Would Rather Sleep in Texas is one of the most complete studies of the lower Rio Grande, abundantly illustrated with maps and photographs, many never before published.

In 1790 the Santa Anita, a Spanish land grant, was awarded to merchant José Manuel Gómez. After the land passed to Gómez?s widow, part of the grant was acquired by María Salomé Ballí, the daughter of a powerful Spanish clan. Salomé Ballí married Scotsman John Young, and her family connections combined with his business acumen helped to further assemble the Santa Anita under one owner.

In 1859, after Young?s death, Salomé struggled to hold onto her properties amid bandit raids and the siege of violence waged in the region by borderland caudillo Juan Nepomuceno Cortina. Soon after the beginning of the Civil War, she married Scotch- Irish immigrant John McAllen. They participated in the rapid wartime cotton trade through Matamoros and had business associations with a group of men—Mifflin Kenedy, Richard King, Charles Stillman, and Francisco Yturria—who made fortunes that influenced businesses nationwide. Rare firsthand accounts by Salomé Ballí Young de McAllen, John McAllen, and their son, James Ballí McAllen, add to a deeper understanding of the blending of the region?s frontier cultures, rowdy politics, and periodic violence.

All the while, the Santa Anita remained the cornerstone of the business and stability of this family. As the lower Rio Grande Valley moved into the modern era, land speculation led economic activity from 1890 through 1910. The construction of railroads brought improved means for transportation and new towns, including McAllen, Texas, in 1905. The book?s ending reveals how, in 1915, Mexican warfare again spilled over the banks of the Rio Grande with deadly results, tragically affecting this family for the next twenty-five years. I Would Rather Sleep in Texas tells a remarkable story that covers a broad sweep of Texas and borderlands history.

Sinossi: The lower Rio Grande and its harsh Texas wilderness lay at the fringe of Spain's North American territorial claims. For centuries empires, colonists, and native inhabitants struggled over this region. It was a land visited by conquistadors, that gave rise to the American cowboy, and where Civil War generals honed their skills in the Mexican War. Steamboats used the inland waterway as a major transport route and fortunes were made while serving as the Confederacy's only outlet for money and munitions. It is the land from where cattle were driven to the Chisholm Trail and where men, women, and beasts braved the unrepentant climate. It was and remains a crossroads of international cultures. In this account of the history of the families of the Santa Anita land grant, almost two hundred years of the history of the lower Rio Grande Valley (1748_1940) are revealed. In 1790 the Santa Anita, a Spanish land grant, was awarded to merchant JosC Manuel G-cmez. After the land passed to G-cmez's widow, part of the grant was acquired by Maroa SalomC Ballo, the daughter of a powerful Spanish clan. SalomC Ballo married Scotsman John Young, and her family connections, combined with his business acumen, helped her to further assemble the Santa Anita under one owner. In 1859, after Young's death, SalomC struggled to hold onto her properties amid bandit raids and the slege of violence waged in the region by borderland caudillo Juan Nepomuceno Cortina. Soon after the beginning of the Civil War, she married Scotch-Irish immigrant John McAllen. They participated in the rapid wartime cotton trade through Matamoros and business associations with Mifflin Kenedy, Richard King, Charles Stillman, and Francisco Yturria. All the while, the Santa Anita remained the cornerstone of the business and stability of this family. The construction of railroads brought improved means for transportation and new towns, including McAllen, Texas, in 1905. The book's ending reveals how, in 1915, Mexican warfare again spilled over the banks of the Rio Grande with deadly results, tragically affecting this family for the next twenty-five years.

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