Category Archives: History

The Vital Contribution of Texas in the Winning of the American Revolution

Recently while researching the role of our Spanish Ancestors and their possible contribution to the American Revolution I came across this short essay titled “The Vital Contribution of Texas  in the Winning of  the American Revolution”. I had not thought about sharing it until I received an email from Christine Martinez with this PDF document attached. I though that it would be a good idea if I in turn shared it with everyone else.

This short essay written by Robert H. Thonhoff is very interesting and will surely get your attention and give you a rapid overview of Northeastern New Spain back during the American Revolution. You will learn about the cattle drives and also about the settlements that were in Texas about that time. This can also provide you with clues as to what localities to search for your ancestors in the future.

The Vital Contribution of Texas in the Winning of the American Revolution

Most importantly you will learn about Spain’s role in the american revolution and the major part that it played in defeating the British.

I hope that you enjoy this essay as much as I did.

You can view and download it here:

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J. T. Canales and the 1919 Texas Ranger Investigation

I am writing this post to just make you aware of J.T. Canales and the 1919 Texas Ranger Investigation. The story is a four part series by Tony Bill and was published on the website alice24-7.com. The four articles are very interesting, intriguing, and full of local history all the way from Matamoros, Ciudad Mier, to Austin, and all in between. Details cover most of South Texas and it is a great read that every South Texan should read.

I had never heard about Jose Tomas Canales until a few weeks ago when someone just left a comment that said “J.T. Canales Texas Ranger Investigation”. I looked for the message to credit them but could not locate it. If it was you thank you. Continue reading

Decree That Gives The Category of City to the Old Town Villa de Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico

The following is the transcription and translation of the 1871 decree that elevates Mier from villa to city. The original document is housed in the Archives of Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas Mexico. This is just a piece of local history that some of our ancestors were part of.

Transcription:

Decreto Que Otorga La Cateegoria de Ciudad a la Antigua Villa de Mier

Gobierno del Estado de Tamaulipas. El Gobernador del Estado de Tamaulipas. A todos sus habitantes sabed: que el congreso del Estado ha decretado lo siguiente: Continue reading

Somos Primos 157th Online Issue is Out

Yesterday I received an email from Mimi Lozano advising that the Somos Primos 157th Online Issue was out. Bellow you will find the email in it’s entirety and the link at the very top is where you can go to read this issue. I am sharing this since I know that it is of great interest to many of you and also it contains many articles about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. This issue also contains genealogical information and may be able to help you in your Genealogy research. Continue reading

Presidentes Municipales (Mayors) of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico 1950 to 2013

The municipality of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico was founded on October the 11th of 1950 by the 294th state congressional decree. The current governor was Raul Garate. The seat for this municipality was San Pedro de Roma present day Miguel Aleman. This municipality was formed with almost half of the families that belonged to the municipality of Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexo. Continue reading