Journal of Texas Archeology and History
El Paso del Norte was a thriving agricultural region on the Santa Fe-Chihuahua trail when the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) and the 1849 gold rush turned it into a border town on the southern route to California. The diaries and letters of the Anglo-American soldiers, engineers, and gold seekers who passed through the area in the 1840s and 1850s document the emergence of a new political and economic landscape that helped define the pattern of Anglo-Mexican relations in the new town of El Paso, Texas (across the Rio Grande from El Paso del Norte), well into the next century.
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"First Impressions: Anglo Travelers and the Origins of El Paso, Texas, 1846-1852,"
Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State: Vol. 2015,
Article 68. https://doi.org/10.21112/ita.2015.1.68
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/ita/vol2015/iss1/68
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