CORTINA: THE ROGUE OF THE RIO GRANDE
San Antonio: The Naylor Co., 1950. ix,111pp. Index. Illustrations. Endpaper map. A bright, fine copy. The colorful pictorial dust jacket shows light edgewear, overall very good+. First edition. Review copy with the review slip laid-in. Born Juan Nepomuceno Cortina, he was at one time governor of Tamaulipas, general in the Mexican Army and leader of a gang which terrorized the border. His band captured Brownsville in 1859 in the “Cortina War.” Considering himself a defender of Mexican rights, Cortina was a hero to Mexicans living on both sides of the Rio Grande. He was viewed differently by the Anglo-Texans who saw him as an outlaw, murderer, cattle thief, etc. A good biography of a major influence on the history of South Texas and Mexico.