Republic of the Rio Grande
The Rio Grande Valley, home to balmy weather, subtropical species, and lots of wintering Texans, spent a brief period of time as a renegade Mexican nation. Although never fully recognized (a condition not unfamiliar to the neighboring members of the Republic of Texas who were engaged in their own battle for Independence from Mexico), the Republic of the Rio Grande defined its new confederation as the area encompassing Tamaulipas and Coahuila northward to the Nueces and Medina Rivers.
Kingsville to Raymondville: A Wild Horse Desert Turned Ranching Empire
Cattle still reign supreme in Texas, thanks in part to Captain Richard King and his partner Mifflin Kenedy, two of our greatest ranching heritage icons. Both self-made men, King and Kenedy created a ranching dynasty that continues to thrive today.
Refugio to Zapata: Texans at War
War has always played a major role in shaping the state’s history. Texans served in the Texas Revolution, of course, and in the Mexican American War, the Civil War, both World Wars, and every conflict since.
South Padre island to Laredo: Steamboats and Borderland Culture
Imagine a balmy stretch of the Rio Grande River flowing calmly in a 19th century morning light. Drifting fog lifts with the rising sun, exposing the river to a birdsong blue sky.