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This collection compiles primary source documents and narratives from the present-day U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Region from c.1500 to 1865. The collection is designed for use with U.S. History and Mexican American surveys as well as Texas history and U.S.-Mexico Borderlands history courses. A few documents are abridged or excerpted from longer sources. All sources contain a citation or link to a source at the foot of the document. Documents span from indigenous accounts and sources of early contact through the late Spanish colonial period, era of Mexican independence, U.S. expansion and the American Civil War.

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Latin American History | Military History | United States History


To the extent possible under law, Jamie Starling has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Borderlands Course Reader, Volume One, except where otherwise noted.

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