Fiery San Antonian José María Carvajal refuses to give up the dream of a northeastern Mexican republic, only to be defeated by his old commander, Antonio Canales. Carvajal — and his reputation — recover in the turmoil of the French Intervention, however, and he rises to his own moment in the sun, serving as the regional hegemon of Tamaulipas for a few years.

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Brandon Seale

Brandon Seale is the president of Howard Energy Ventures. With degrees in philosophy, law, and business, he writes and records stories about the residents of the borderland and about the intersection of...