The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 244
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Industries in Texas and Northern Mexico which was sponsored
by the University of Texas Institute of Latin-American Studies
from June 9 to 11, 1949, includes seven articles written by citi-
zens of Mexico and six by representatives of the United States.
Texans reading this publication will be impressed by the failure
of the Rio Grande to define anything more than a political
boundary between Texas and Northern Mexico. Geographically,
economically, and industrially, the Coahuiltecan area is today as
much of a region of mutual interests as it was when an artificial
line was drawn through its center 114 years ago. Los Altos Hornos
in Monclova, Coahuila, a steel plant made possible through War
Production Board priority, produced ship plate which went into
Liberty Ships fabricated in Port Arthur, Texas. Texas natural gas,
arranged through a Corpus Christi firm, has helped the fabulous
industrial development of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. The im-
pounded waters of the Falcon Dam, which will flood both Zapata,
Texas, and Guerrero, Tamaulipas, will irrigate both sides of the
Rio Grande "magic valley" downstream. The Provincias Internas
del Oriente, which Jos6 Miguel Ramos Arispe sought to pre-
serve, now make up four states in two nations, but natural en-
dowment and geographical similarity have retained a unity which
defies political delineation.
The story told in the conference papers is dramatic and alive.
At the first session Professor William A. Cunningham of the Uni-
versity of Texas apologized because so rapid had been the growth
of the chemical industry of Texas that, "Any discussion presented
today is out of date tomorrow." At the last meeting, Sr. Jos6 Ch.
Ramirez told how the sugar refinery at El Mante, Tamaulipas,
which he manages, has rebuilt a fading town and revitalized the
lives of its people. In between these two papers are discussions
of steel and coal in both the United States and Coahuila by
H. R. Pape of Monclova, Jos6 Antonio de Silva of Mexico City,
and Professor Marvin J. Barloon of Western Reserve University;
problems of commercial trade between the two countries by Ed.
Nunnally of San Angelo; the industrial development of Monter-
rey by Lic. Virgilio Garza, Jr., of that city; and oil in Northeast
Mexico and in Texas by Senator Antonio Bermudez of Mexico
and Dr. Richard Gonzalez of Houston. Senator Bermidez's paper
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