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The mood of high-minded commitment was further heightened by a general sharing of the livestock on lands open to all in common. This initial religious idealism was the sine qua non for the launching of the border towns. The early Christian settlers themselves would have seen in their survival God's protective blessing over their sacrifice. Even a skeptical point of view might argue that the missionary purpose helped to attract sufficient investment into the area and set a mood of cooperation which allowed the Hispanic and Indian communities to coalesce and cooperate in the face of major problems.
A plan of 1780 would have turned Paso del Norte, like Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos, into a walled town. The Paseños rejected this suggestion, fearing what would happen to their scattered ranches if they developed a passive reliance on town walls. This refusal meant that Matamoros would be the unique example among the border towns to later draw a brick girdle around her girth. 9 Government Corruption The new mood of exploitation was accelerated by the shift from the reformist Enlightened Despotic reign of Carlos III to the corrupt government of his son, Carlos IV.
Yet in the end, they managed to hold on and provided the base from which New Mexico was reconquered in 1692 to 1695. The population of the Paso del Norte area was halved from about 2,000 to about 1,000, distributed among five remaining communities. The three New Mexican Indian missions of Senecú, Ysleta, and Socorro survived. 12 Yet out of the crisis Paso del Norte emerged as a real town for the first time as, for reasons of defense, Governor Jironza moved the presidio and its surrounding Hispanic population to a site next to the Guadalupe Mission.
Border cuates: a history of the U.S.-Mexican twin cities by Milo Kearney