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- DescriptionThe traditional story of the Texas Revolution remembers the Alamo and Goliad but has forgotten Matamoros, the strategic Mexican port city on the turbulent lower Rio Grande. In this provocative book, Craig Roell restores the centrality of Matamoros by showing the genuine ecomic, geographic, social, and military value of the city to Mexican and Texas history. Given that Matamoros served the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Texas, Nuevo Leon, San Louis Potosi, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, and Durango, the city's strategic location and considerable trade revenues were crucial. Roell provides a refreshing reinterpretation of the revolutionary conflict in Texas from a Mexican point of view, essentially turning the traditional story on its head. Readers will learn how Matamoros figured in the Mexican government's grand designs t only for national prosperity and make Mexico the ecomic colossus of the North American continent, but also to preserve Texas from threatened American encroachment. Ironically, Matamoros became closely linked to the United States through trade, and foreign intriguers who sought to detach Texas from Mexico found a home in the city. Roell's account culminates in the controversial Texan Matamoros expedition, which was composed mostly of American volunteers and paralysed the Texas provisional government, divided military leaders, and helped lead to the tragic defeats at the Alamo, San Patricio, Agua Dulce Creek, Refugio, and Coleto (Goliad). Indeed, Sam Houston deunced the expedition as the author of all our misfortunes. In stark contrast, the brilliant and triumphant Matamoros campaign of Mexican General Jose de Urrea united his countrymen, defeated these revolutionaries, and occupied the coastal plain from Matamoros to Brazoria. Urrea's victory ensured that Matamoros would remain a part of Mexico, but Matamorenses also fought to preserve their own freedom from the centralising policies of Mexican President Santa Anna, showing the streak of independence that characterises Mexico's rthern borderlands to this day.
- Author BiographyCraig H. Roell is the author of The Piano in America, 1890-1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 1989) and Remember Goliad! (Texas State Historical Association, 1994). Roell is Professor of Economic, Business, and Cultural History at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, USA where he was named Wells/Warren Professor of the Year (2003).
- Author(s)Craig H. Roell
- PublisherTexas State Historical Association,U.S.
- Date of Publication30/06/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleFred Rider Cotton Popular History
- Series Part/Volume Number23
- Place of PublicationAustin
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas State Historical Association,U.S.
- Content NoteIllustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
- Weight227 g
- Width137 mm
- Height211 mm
- Spine13 mm
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