The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 39
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Border Troubles in Mexican-United States Relations
times that all the land of the huge estate was acquired through Ter-
razas' own personal effort. None of the land, Mares says, originated
from transactions with unamortized property formerly owned by the
Catholic church, nor from rewards to his military services in the Re-
form and Empire wars. Well, a critic of that biography pointed out,
and very rightly so, that the basic part of that large landed estate
proceeded from incursions in Chihuahua of savage Indians, for their
threat to that country caused an incredible drop in prices of agricul-
tural land. Terrazas, unquestionably a clever man, ran the risk of buy-
ing the land at exceedingly low prices in the hope that joint forces of
Mexican and North American authorities would eventually put an end
to that scourge of the border.
Perhaps the most prudent conclusion may be that one should con-
gratulate oneself for the many studies that have already been made
on all these subjects; at the same time, we should recognize that they
may be improved and that they are wanting in an almost complete
form in several aspects. I would dare say that, above all, neither North
Americans nor Mexicans have accustomed themselves in their studies
to regard as a unique, or at least common, history, the one that takes
place in a wide strip of land south of the United States and north of
To me, however, the problem today is one of a practical nature: is
there some way of encouraging in an organized manner these studies
so as to accelerate and improve them?
Of course, it occurs to me that you might take the initiative to fur-
ther the friendship of the Mexican historians of the border, instead
of giving preference to those from Mexico City, who live farther away
and who perhaps now have other preoccupations.
The most important thing would be, however, to incorporate in the
future plans of action of your Association, this one of encouraging
border studies, for a good deal of the estrangement between our two
countries and our two governments has originated at this tract of land,
which is the only one whose history should bring us nearer to each
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