Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Sonia Hernandez

Second Advisor

Dr. Russell Skowronek

Third Advisor

Dr. Irving Levinson


The history of the Llano Grande is an important part of Rio Grande Valley life. The thesis presented will analyze the legal ownership of a single land grant from 1749-1910. The modern land tenure in the Rio Grande Valley has its roots in the Spanish land grants. By studying a micro-history of a single land grant we can understand how the land ownership of the Llano Grande and the Rio Grande Valley changed throughout an entire century. The land ownership of the Llano Grande addresses how land was transferred Spanish to Mexican and to Anglo land owners. Also, the rise of Anglo American land ownership in the Llano Grande and their control of Hidalgo County politics. Going beyond the land tenure of the Llano Grande, this thesis will address the historical factors that led to the breakdown of the grant and explain the blueprints and foundations of land tenure in present day in the Rio Grande Valley.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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