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- DescriptionPower and Control in the Imperial Valley examines the evolution of irrigated farming in the Imperial-Mexicali Valley, an arid desert straddling the California-Baja California border. Bisected by the international boundary line, the valley drew American investors determined to harness the nearby Colorado River to irrigate a million acres on both sides of the border. The conquest of the environment was a central theme in the history of the valley. Colonization in the valley began with the construction of a sixty-mile aqueduct from the Colorado River in California through Mexico. Initially, Mexico held authority over water delivery until settlers persuaded Congress to construct the All-American Canal. Control over land and water formed the basis of commercial agriculture and in turn enabled growers to use the state to procure inexpensive, plentiful immigrant workers.
- Author BiographyBenny Andres is an associate professor of history and Latin American studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA. He holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico.
- Author(s)Benny J. Andres
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleConnecting the Greater West Series
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content Note14 black & white photographs
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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