SAN ANTONIO, Texas - On April 6, 1813, Maria Josefa Uribe Gutiérrez de Lara became First Lady of Independent Texas. In gaining that distinction, she actually scored a “double” first. Not only was she the first to fill the position,...
EDINBURG, RGV - University of Texas—Pan American (UTPA) students and community are witnessing a vigorous debate about the new mascot for the new University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), to be inaugurated in the fall of 2015. Some protestors...
EDINBURG, RGV - Cattle and horses were first brought to Texas by Pánfilo Narváez secretary Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who, with a crew of around 200 Spanish soldiers, landed on Texas soil on November 6, 1528. The hacienda system...
As many of us learned in elementary school, March 2, 1836 is designated as Texas Independence Day. Oddly, Texas is no longer independent since in 1845 (only a short nine years later), Anglo immigrant insurgents who illegally declared Texas independence...
No one in the United States knows the perils of an insecure Mexican border better than our members and neighbors. We live with the ill-effects every day and some of us have even been forced to sell or abandon...
When our Las Villas del Norte pioneer ancestors arrived in the late 1740s, they found the lower Rio Grande territory unfamiliar and strange. So, more than likely, knowing which plants to eat and which ones to avoid was one of...
Hopefully, articles I write for the Rio Grande Guardian are received by readers as a sincere effort to familiarize South Texans with their early Texas history. Of special concern to me continues to be the sad fact that so many...
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a time designated by Presidents Johnson and Reagan to focus on the cultural heritage of the large U.S. Hispanic-descent population. (Note: readers must know that citizens of Spanish Mexican descent originating in the Southwest are not...
I come from a working-class family and I have always been with the people. When I was a young boy, my mother would take me to visit family in Monterrey, Mexico. As a young adult, I backpacked throughout Latin...
In 2004, Othal Brand, Jr., took an Oath of Office upon winning his first term as a Board Member of Hidalgo County Water Improvement District #3. He immediately toured the pump station and facilities of the district and quickly noticed...

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