Mexicans in Tempe

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San Pablo was settled in the early 1800s by Mexican pioneers, also known as "TempeneƱos," south of the Tempe butte. By the 1870s, Mexicans were vital to Tempe's economical growth, assisting in the construction of the C. H. Kirkland and McKinney Canal and the Hayden Flour Mill, and with agriculture soon after the establishment of Fort McDowell. The agricultural field cultivated by the settlers of San Pablo is now Arizona State University's main campus. Over time, the Mexican settlers of San Pablo were subjected to eminent domain and were dispersed throughout Maricopa County. To this day, the Mexican population has assisted in the economic development of Arizona ranching, agriculture, private industries, the public sector, and in the defense of the United States in time of war.
ISBN: 9780738570563
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 234
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Santos C. Vega is a professor emeritus at the Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University. He served several years on the board of directors of the Arizona Historical Society CAD, Tempe Preservation Commission, and Tempe Tardeada Advisory Board. Vega's publications include numerous articles published in academic encyclopedias and the novel Worm in My Tomato. Vega is a Life-Professed Order of Preachers Laity (OPL) in the Newman Center. He and his wife, Josephine R. Vega, reside in Tempe.
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