Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities a Dissertation by Mary Jo Galindo

Anyone doing Genealogy research in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico at one point, while doing research, cannot help but stumble into Mary Jo Galindo’s Dissertation “Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Ethnicities and the Archaeology of Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities Along the Lower Río Grande Valley” which is a great 353 page work about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Ranching and its early families.

Cover page of Dissertation:

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 Once you read this Dissertation your views about the settlement, people, and ranchos about this area will completely be transformed. She describes her Dissertation in her own words:

 This dissertation involves archaeological excavations and historical analyses of ranches and towns associated with this border in order to understand the nature and articulation of the ranch and town settlements, the types of household production and livestock raising that sustained them, their trade relationships as reflected in their material culture, and the complex issues of ethnic identity construction along a contested border through time. Although my primary goal is to shed new light on a process of colonization and adaptation to a border context that went on a century before the more-studied Anglo-American colonization of the region, this is also a personal journey, because I am a descendant of these early pobladores and my family’s roots are in this border region.

In this document she also provides a unique map of the Mier Porciones of which I have not been able to find anywhere else. She also has family trees and talks about families that are direct ancestors of mine through my paternal side, the Gonzalez from Rancho Los Arrieros (porciones 20 and 21) and Guerra from present day Los Guerra (porcion 6). Give it a read you will enjoy it, it is very detailed and informative.

Image from Galindo’s Dissertation pg 7 showing the
colonial ranches of Laredo, Dolores, Revilla, Mier,
and Camargo.

This map will provide you with an idea of the area that the dissertation talks about. Be sure and download it and place it with your eBook collection.

One thought on “Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities a Dissertation by Mary Jo Galindo

  1. GeneralLee

    My finishing research project when taking my degree at Southwest Texas State University was titled, “The River Hamlet Country: To Gemeinshaft or to Geiselshaft,”. The study involved polling several hundred respondents about their attitudes, their understanding about their background, and their propensity to either stay or go. in the area between especially, and including, San Ygnacio and Roma, Texas.
    My professor was an arch-liberal, and I the only conservative in the class of 9 for the required senior course if a person wanted a real sociology/anthropology milepost degree. I made a 99% for the course.
    The professor, Dr. Rollo Newsome said that my paper and its historical aspects and the several representative genealogies opened his eyes to a Latin (Spanish / Mexican) reality he had never considered. Later he wrote me to note that my predictions had turned out to be accurate. That was shortly before the beginning of the general collapse of much of the cultural characteristics stemming from the drug traffickers and their violation of the social compact that had been in place since the time of Escandon.
    Thanks for your time an interest. I am sure that Mary Jo’s dissertation takes all these things both deeper and much wider than my little treatise. Some of my guidance was from my brother’s work on his master’s thesis, (Texas A and I College) – “Certain Aspects of the Political History of Starr County” published in 1964, before he went on to take his Ph.D. in Cultural Geography at Louisiana State University
    I look forward to reviewing Mary Jo’s work, for obvious reasons.
    David Christian Newton (aka El Gringo Viejo)

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