Laredo


Laredo
/leuh ray"doh/, n.
a city in S Texas, on the Rio Grande. 91,449.

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City (pop., 2000: 176,576), southern Texas, U.S. Located on the Rio Grande opposite Nuevo Laredo, Mex.

, it was established in 1755 by the Spanish and was named for Laredo, Spain. After the Texas revolt against Mexican rule in 1836, it became the seat of the Republic of the Rio Grande (1839–41). Occupied by the Texas Rangers in 1846, it was incorporated as a city in 1852. A rapidly growing city, its manufacturing includes electronic components and oil refining.

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      city, seat (1848) of Webb county, southern Texas, U.S., on the Rio Grande (there bridged to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico), 150 miles (240 km) southwest of San Antonio. It was established in 1755 by Tomás Sánchez as a ferry crossing (unlike most Spanish settlements in Texas, which were organized around forts or missions) and was named for Laredo, Spain. The city is one of the principal border crossings from Mexico into Texas.

      For more than 200 years Laredo was the scene of violence that included Indian wars, border banditry, and the rowdyism of adventurers on their way to the California goldfields. After the Texas revolt against Mexico (1836), Laredo was in a no-man's-land and became the seat of the short-lived (1839–41) Republic of the Rio Grande; the building that served as the capitol, over which seven flags have flown, is now the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum.

      With its adobe houses, church buildings, mission bells, and plazas, Laredo has retained much of the feeling of the frontier, and the influence and language of Spain and Mexico are apparent. The city has a diversified economic base, which includes tourism and a considerable export-import trade. It is the commercial centre for an area of irrigated farms and ranches and of gas and oil industries and has a range of manufactures, including bricks, clothing, and electronic components. Nuevo Laredo is also a regionally important manufacturing centre; dozens of maquiladoras (border-area factories) were established there after the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994. Laredo subsequently became one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Laredo Community College was founded in 1946, and Texas A&M International University, just to the northeast, was established in 1970. Lake Casa Blanca, on the eastern border, includes a state park. Inc. 1852. Pop. (1990) city, 122,899; Laredo MSA, 133,239; (2000) city, 176,576; Laredo MSA, 193,117.

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