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This Day in Texas History: Benavides Crosses Rio Grande in Pursuit of Mexican “Unionists”

This Day in Texas History: Benavides Crosses Rio Grande in Pursuit of Mexican “Unionists” September 1, 1863 On this day in 1863, Maj. Santos Benavides, the highest-ranking Mexican American to serve in the Confederacy, led seventy-nine men of the predominantly Tejano Thirty-third Texas Cavalry across the Rio Grande in pursuit of the bandit Octaviano Zapata.…
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This Day in Texas History: Killing of Sheriff Precipitates Ballad Tradition

This Day in Texas History: Killing of Sheriff Precipitates Ballad Tradition June 12, 1901 On this day in 1901, Gregorio Lira Cortez shot and killed Karnes County sheriff W. T. Morris and fled. The apparent misunderstandings that led to the killing, and the extended pursuit, capture, and trials of Cortez made him a folk hero.…
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This Day in Texas History: Border Photographer Documents Mexican Revolution

This Day in Texas History: Border Photographer Documents Mexican Revolution June 04, 1913 On this day in 1913, Brownsville photographer Robert Runyon arrived in Matamoros and began compiling a unique record of the Mexican Revolution along the Texas-Mexico border. The Kentucky native arrived in Texas in 1909 and opened a photography studio the following year.…
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This Day in Texas History: Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Cotton Comes to the Rio Grande Valley February 02, 1830 On this day in 1830, business partners John Stryker and James Wiley Magoffin arrived at Matamoros in the sloop Washington. They made port carrying a newly designed cotton gin and several hundred bags of upland…
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