The U.S.-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century (Latin by David E. Lorey

By David E. Lorey

The 2,000-mile-long overseas boundary among the us and Mexico supplies form to a special social, fiscal, and cultural entity. The U.S.-Mexican Border within the 20th Century is the 1st finished remedy of the interesting evolution of the quarter because the starting of the 20 th century. Drawing at the findings of the vintage literature, new learn, and present information, David E. Lorey considers the various roles that exterior impacts and inner advancements have performed in shaping the border.

Exploring the evolution of a unique border society, Lorey lines wide issues within the region's historical past, together with geographical constraints, boom-and-bust cycles, and out of doors affects. He additionally examines the seminal twentieth-century occasions that experience formed existence within the region, similar to Prohibition, global conflict II, and monetary globalization. Bringing the research as much as the current, the booklet assesses such divisive matters because the contrast among felony and unlawful migration, tendencies in transboundary migrant flows, and North American loose trade.

Informative and available, this priceless examine is perfect for classes at the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Chicano reports, Mexican historical past, and Mexican-American historical past.

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Mariana Alvarado offered crucial, last-minute bibliographical support. And Rick Hopper at Scholarly Resources gave me the timely encouragement I needed to keep me going. D. E. L. MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA Page xi Page 1 Introduction Defining the Region, Objectives, and Approaches The 2,000-mile-long international boundary between the United States and Mexico gives shape to a unique economic, social, and cultural entity. -Mexican border region has the distinction of being the only place in the world where a highly developed country and a developing nation meet and interact.

In the 1960s twenty-five indigenous groups with distinct cultures, although greatly reduced in numbers, survived throughout the border region. These peoples represented more than one-half of the groups found in the area in the early 1500s. The Colonial Period: Life on a New World Frontier The inhabitants of central Mexicoboth natives and European settlersperceived many obstacles to settling the Far North. Both the geographical landscape and the social setting made the area unattractive. Mountains and desert wastes combined with hostile indigenous populations to keep central Mexicans at bay for hundreds of years.

Defense against the spreading influence of the French, English, and Russians became one of the main foundations of settlement. The Spanish Crown and viceregal government in Mexico City devised several strategies to encourage settlement in the region. In order to pacify and populate the area at minimal cost, the Crown came to rely on two institutions with funds and personnel of its own: the military and the religious orders. This approach gave rise to the classic duo of European settlement in the North: the presidio and the mission.

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