In this post, you can download a great eBook about the Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities of Mier, Revilla, and South Texas. It is a dissertation by Mary Jo Galindo titled "Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Ethnicities and the Archaeology of Spanish Colonial Ranching Communities Along the Lower Río Grande Valley".
It is a 353 page eBook about South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Ranching and its early families.
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.
Below is the cover of the dissertation and also the link to download it.
Cover of the eBook Spanish Ranching Communities
Table of Contents
Here is the table of contents so that you can see what is included in the book.
Chapter 1: Historical and Archaeological Context of Borderlands Project Area Pg. 1
Chapter 2: The Indigenous Heritage of the Río Grande Communities of Nuevo Santander Pg. 26
Chapter 3: Mining Community Origins of Nuevo Santander Colonists Pg. 58
Chapter 4: Historical Archaeology and Ethnicities Among Nuevo Santander Rancho Communities in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Pg. 77
Chapter 5: Household Archaeology and the Nuevo Santander Ranching Community Pg. 92
Chapter 6: The Ethnohistory and the Origins of El Rancho Saladito Pg. 109
Chapter 7: Results and Discussion of Investigations at El Rancho Saladito Pg. 164
Chapter 8: Summary Pg. 304
Chapter 8: Summary Pg. 322
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This eBook is being hosted by the University of Texas at Austin and here is the link to it: https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/589