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Federico Villalba's Texas : a Mexican pioneer's life in the Big Bend

Author: Juan Manuel Casas
Publisher: Houston, Tex. : Iron Mountain Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By the time he was in his early 30s, native Chihuahuan Federico Villalba had achieved success as a merchant and rancher in the village of San Carlos, near Lajitas crossing, in the late 1880s. Looking to expand his operations, he moved into the Big Bend, establishing a ranch in the Burro Mesa area. Contracted by the U.S. Army, Federico's Rancho Barras supplied horses to the 8th Cavalry at Fort. Davis. It was in Fort  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Federico Villalba; Federico Villalba; Villalba family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Manuel Casas
ISBN: 9780974504865 0974504866
OCLC Number: 233939918
Description: xv, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: by Juan Manuel Casas.

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By the time he was in his early 30s, native Chihuahuan Federico Villalba had achieved success as a merchant and rancher in the village of San Carlos, near Lajitas crossing, in the late 1880s. Looking to expand his operations, he moved into the Big Bend, establishing a ranch in the Burro Mesa area. Contracted by the U.S. Army, Federico's Rancho Barras supplied horses to the 8th Cavalry at Fort. Davis. It was in Fort Davis that Federico met his young bride, María Cortez. Prosperity came to the Big Bend when the demand for mercury increased dramatically with the onset of World War I. Mercury, used in detonation of munitions, was extracted from cinnabar ore, plentiful in the lower Big Bend. Mine workers from the silver mines in Mexico crossed the Rio Grande into Texas for better pay in the mercury mines. Civil unrest in Mexico and increasing numbers of Mexican immigrants induced fear among the Anglo populace. Mexican outlaw Cuco Torres, who often raided ranches on the U.S. side, Pancho Villa's raid of Columbus, New Mexico, in 1916, and the massacre by Texas Rangers of fifteen innocent Mexican men and boys in Porvenir, Texas, in 1917, brought great tension to the border towns of the Big Bend.

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