I am pleased to lead the Rio Grande Guardian in this new initiative. By focusing on history we believe it has the potential to promote economic development and tourism in the Valley communities, large and small. 

The event is a full-day conference On December 9, at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center. It is going to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-1848.

This war was fought between two relatively young countries. They did not see eye to eye, as you know, on who should own Texas, California and the Southwest. The U.S. offered to sell the land to Mexico but that was never given real consideration by Mexico, hence the war.

After landing in Corpus Christi, the U.S. troops set up base in Port Isabel, then subsequent battles happened in the Brownsville area, which was then disputed land. The United States won the war and Mexico was forced to cede half of its territory.

Our conference will provide U.S. and Mexican perspectives, and tours of the battlefields will happen in the afternoon. We are asking inviting all Valley and South Texas museums to set up exhibits to attract visitors to your communities.

We want the public to get excited about history and our heritage sites here in the Valley. We want you to read about the war and we encourage your museums to attend and exhibit why they should come to your communities to promote their museums.

Our population needs to know more about our cultural assets here in the Valley. It is about education but it is about economic development at its core if we do it the right way. Even the Washington Post gets it. They called yesterday afternoon, asking about the conference. 

So, with that, I would like to invite all of you to connect with the Rio Grande Guardian to see how we can get some of your entities, nonprofits and others that are interested in history and education to come visit us and attend the conference on December 9. 

With that, thank you. 

Editor’s Note: The above commentary was provided by Salomon Torres, director of event initiatives for the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service, at a meeting of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

Editor’s Note: For more information on the “To Conquer. To Defend.” conference, including how to purchase tickets, click here.

Editor’s Note: To read a preview of the “To Conquer. To Defend.” conference, click here.

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