The Paso de Jacinto, a crossing on the Rio Grande, was first discovered by a detail of soldiers on reconnaissance from San Juan Bautista in 1745. The crossing was possibly named for a descendant of Alonso De León named Jacinto De León, who discovered the place where a man on horseback might cross. This site was located near the later land grant made by José de Escandón to Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Gallardo, who brought four families to the site in 1755 and founded the Villa de Laredo, which gave rise to the town of Laredo. A ferry later operated at the site.
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Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–58; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976). Robert S. Weddle, San Juan Bautista: Gateway to Spanish Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968). J. B. Wilkinson, Laredo and the Rio Grande Frontier (Austin: Jenkins, 1975).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Diana J. Kleiner,
“Paso de Jacinto,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 19, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
May 1, 1995
Most Recent Revision Date:
April 25, 2019
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