Based on documents from the Laredo Archives, Life in Laredo shows the evolution and development of daily life in a town under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Robert D. Wood, S.M., presents the first one hundred years of history and culture in Laredo up to the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating - with primary source evidence - the citizens' beliefs, cultural values, efforts to make a living, political seesawing, petty quarreling, and constant struggles against local Indians. He also details rebellious military and invading foreigners among the early settlers and later townspeople. Because of its documentary nature, Life in Laredo offers insights into the comings and goings of its early citizens not to be found elsewhere. Scholars and students of Texas and Mexican American history, as well as the Laredoans celebrating the 250th anniversary (in 2005) of Laredo's founding, will welcome this volume.
Brother Robert D. Wood, S.M., is in charge of the archives at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where the Laredo Archives are housed. Wood is the author of eight books on religion, history, and archaeology and has translated several other published volumes.