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The local priest sided with the opposition and refused to greet Sánchez at his church door for mass. When the obdurate curate died, Sánchez saw to it that a clergyman sympathetic to him took the position. 8 The issue of land distribution might have led to more trouble at the outset had local residents not been distracted by an intensification of the threat posed by the wild Indians swooping down from the north. The increased Indian pressure brought a special inspection in 1766 to 1768 by the Marqués de Rubí.

However, it also gave a Page 11 model of successful Indian revolt for the discontented elements among the local natives. A shortage of food in the crisis fed the dissatisfaction. The result was a local facsimile of the New Mexican revolt, which in 1684 to 1685 put the local settlers to a hard test. Warned of an anti-Hispanic plot, Governor Domingo Jironza ordered eight of the Manso plotters to be garroted. In reaction, Tiguas brought down from New Mexico mingled with the local Sumas and other Indian groups (including some Mansos) in an attempt to exterminate or drive out the Hispanics.

This position was regained by El Paso/Cd. Juárez in the decade after the war. By 1930, the San Diego/Tijuana set moved to the top spot in population, followed by El Paso/Cd. Juárez. At present, Brownsville/Matamoros has fallen to the fourth set in population. Besides these three sets of towns which have each, at least momentarily, shared the limelight, there are another three sets of towns which have occupied a secondary position. These are Calexico/Mexicali (now the third-largest set), Laredo/Nuevo Laredo, and McAllen/Reynosa.

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