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Juliet García, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, Dr. Anthony Zavaleta, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Peter Gawenda, director of Research and Planning, Dr. Bill Adams, head of the Social Sciences department, Yolanda González, archivist of the Hunter Room of the University of Texas at Brownsville's Oliveira Memorial Library, and Professor Abel González for their help in working out the details of this program. We also appreciate the generous support of Ing. Javier Alonso Banda, director of Matamoros' Instituto Tecnológico, Ing.

15 In 1759 a presidio was built on the Rio Grande in the Big Bend region to protect a mission established nearby in 1683. The town of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, developed around this presidio by the middle of the next century as a way station on the route between Cd. Chihuahua and San Antonio. The name would be changed from Presidio del Norte to Ojinaga in 1867, in honor of Governor Manuel Ojinaga of Chihuahua (who two years previous had lost his life in the Juarista struggle against the French). 16 A more significant development of twin towns occurred on the Lower Rio Grande.

20 The wild Indian attacks, combined with a lack of even basic amenities, guaranteed concerned cooperation. Even the mission Indians, fighting with bows and arrows under their own Indian captains, joined in the common defense against the fierce Apaches and Comanches. There was little local food production and even less currency to buy imported goods. The simple thatched-roof cane and mud jacales contained almost no furniture. As was typical of a frontier, women were in short supply, and the Hispanic men fraternized with the Indian women to produce a rapid blending of the two blood groups.

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