And The Subject of the 1,600th Column Is…

The 1,600th “This Week in Texas History” column is about Porfirio Diaz, the iron-fisted dictator that ruled Mexico for 35 years.

With the support of many Texans, who gladly gave him their money and support, Diaz seized Matamoros, sister city of Brownsville, on March 27, 1876.  Following a short setback that sent him into a brief exile in Cuba, he returned to wield power well into his eighties.

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