The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico

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UNM Press, 1982 - History - 416 pages
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The quarter-century of Mexican sovereignty over the land that is today the American Southwest was a period of turmoil and transition. Between 1821 and 1846, Mexico City's ties to the far northern frontier were steadily weakened by domestic political and social strife as well as by foreign economic encroachment. The gradual loss of social and economic links and the eventual lapse of political allegiance is perceptively reinterpreted from the Mexican perspective by Professor Weber.

The book is essential reading for all who are interested in the history of the West and the Southwest. The late Ray Allen Billington praised the book as "meticulously prepared, sparklingly written, and brilliantly interpreted. Its perspective will affect all writing on western history for a generation to come."

  

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Contents

Monterey California 1827
7
jViva la Independencia
8
The New Politics
15
Mexican federalism
21
The Collapse of the Missions
43
San Jose Mission near San Antonio
55
Mission San Carlos Borromeo
61
The Church in jeopardy
69
Zurii blacksmiths
145
Frontier vs Nation
147
Arrival of the Caravan at Santa Fe
154
The Peopling of Texas
158
AngloAmerican Immigrants
168
The Texas Game Again? Peopling California
179
Sutters Fort
200
Society and Culture in Transition
207

Main Cathedral Mexico City
72
Indios Barbaras Norteamericanos and the Failure of
83
Lipan Apaches
88
Yamparica Comanche
96
Presidio of Goliad
106
Crumbling Presidios CitizenSoldiers and the Failure of
107
Presidial soldier
113
Americans and
122
Californios roping a steer
137
New Mexican horseman
219
Monterey 1842
225
Separatism and Rebellion
242
Assault on the Alamo
252
The Mexican Frontier in Perspective
273
Notes
291
Bibliographical Essay
377
Index
409
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David J. Weber is The Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and the Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University.

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