He first arrived in 1749 to a place he named "El Paso de Jacinto", later called "Indian Ford", which is now west of Downtown Laredo. He then petitioned Colonel José de Escandón, 1st Count of Sierra Gorda for permission to found a town at this location. His petition was granted on May 15, 1755. He named the new townsite, Villa de San Agustin de Laredo, in honor to Saint Augustine and Colonel Escandon's hometown Laredo, Cantabria, Spain. Don Tomás Sánchez first established three families in the new villa. The site selected is located in the San Agustin Historical District in Downtown Laredo near the San Agustin Cathedral.Of course, this means nothing to us since George Washington is our real homey. Stay indifferent, y'all.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Happy Laredo Day!!!
Via the Don Tomas Sanchez FB page:
Posted by KeyRose at 8:57 AM