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The Norquest Family of Edinburg: A Century-long Perspective on Life in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

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Where does history begin? In the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) history began more than one hundred centuries ago during the Pleistocene epoch with the native Coahuiltecans as they roamed an open land. Beginning in 1749, the region was incorporated as a new agricultural and ranching colony in New Spain. A hundred and fifty years later—with the introduction of irrigation and railroads—the LRGV began a century of commercial agriculture. It was in this latter period that Peter Norquest and his family found a new home in the region. This book, based on research conducted by UTPA student in the CHAPS Program, chronicles how the land was changed over the past ten thousand years, and tells the story of the Norquest family's contributions to the history of the region.