Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
The Llano Grande Grant: The Transformation of Land Ownership in The Rio Grande Valley, 1749-1910
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Sonia Hernandez
Dr. Russell Skowronek
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.
University of Texas-Pan American
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