By Jefferson Morgenthaler
'No different historical past of the world has approached the vast interpretation of this publication because it weaves this in depth examine of los angeles Junta so heavily into the foreign tendencies and occasions happening in Texas, Mexico, and the United States...The writing is witty, daring and engaging' - Andres Tijerina, writer of "Tejano Empire: existence at the South Texas Ranchos". no longer particularly the us and never particularly Mexico, los angeles Junta de los Rios straddles the border among Texas and Chihuahua, occupying the basin shaped by means of the conjunction of the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos. it's one of many oldest continually inhabited settlements within the Chihuahuan desolate tract, rating in age and dignity with the Anasazi pueblos of latest Mexico.In the 1st accomplished heritage of the quarter, Jefferson Morgenthaler lines the heritage of los angeles Junta de los Rios from the formation of the Mexico-Texas border within the mid-19th century to the 1997 ambush taking pictures of juvenile goatherd Esquiel Hernandez via U.S. Marines appearing drug interdiction in El Polvo, Texas. 'Though it truly is rankings of miles from a huge street, i discovered natives, infantrymen, rebels, bandidos, heroes, scoundrels, drug lords, scalp hunters, medal winners, and mystics,' writes Morgenthaler. 'I came upon love, tragedy, fight, and tales that experience by no means been told'. In telling the turbulent heritage of this distant valley oasis, he examines the implications of a countrywide border working via a neighborhood older than the invisible line that divides it.
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Extra resources for The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History of La Junta de los Rios (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture)
Arguably the greater signiﬁcance of Santa Fe was that it was an established port of entry into Mexico, at the northern terminus of the venerable Camino Real that connected the most lucrative frontier mining centers with Mexico City. About half of the freight reaching Santa Fe from the United States continued south through El Paso to Ciudad Chihuahua, and some continued farther south into the Mexican interior. As wagons came and went between Santa Fe and Ciudad Chihuahua, some Anglo merchants began to linger, setting up trading operations in Mexico.
8 Like many military oﬃcers, Captain Ronquillo longed to retire to a big ranch. He wasted no time establishing a small spread that he called Tapacolmes (across the river and up a creek from the ancient native pueblo of Tapacolmes) and another called Álamo Chapo (twenty-ﬁve miles upstream on the Rio Conchos, near the Sierra Grande). But Ronquillo had something bigger in mind. The captain knew that he had performed valuable services for Chihuahua, and he intended to become even more valuable to the state during the remainder of his career.
In the mood for revenge, the raiders followed Torrey’s trail north and caught up with him on Christmas day. 14 Ben Leaton reached La Junta before David Torrey. He looked about for a suitable place to set up a trading post. Being among the ﬁrst Anglos on the scene, he picked what turned out to be an ideal site: the old fortín downriver from the Presidio del Norte, where Captain Ronquillo used to camp with his troops. There were good farming lands there— after all, the fortín was originally built to protect farmers—and the site was close enough to the presidio’s protection, yet far enough from its watchful gaze.