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

Life in Laredo A Documentary History from the Laredo Archives


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

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. 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. Because of its documentary nature, Life in Laredo offers insights into the comings and goings of its early citizens not to be found elsewhere. 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.


Life in Laredo is imaginatively organized, exceptionally well researched, and well written. No individual knows the Laredo Archives as well as Robert Wood, and that knowledge and understanding is readily evident.

About the Author

Brother Robert D. Wood, S.M., is in charge of the archives at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where the Laredo Archives are housed. Wood is the author of eight books on religion, history, and archaeology and has translated several other published volumes.

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Publication date

31st March 2004


Robert D. Wood

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University of North Texas Press,U.S.


216 pages


History of the Americas
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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