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Power and Control in the Imperial Valley : Nature, Agribusiness, and Workers on the California
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Power and Control in the Imperial Valley examines the evolution of irrigated farming in the Imperial-Mexicali Valley, an arid desert straddling the California–Baja California border. Bisected by the international boundary line, the valley drew American investors determined to harness the nearby Colorado River to irrigate a million acres on both sides of the border. The “conquest” of the environment was a central theme in the history of the valley.Colonization in the valley began with the construction of a sixty-mile aqueduct from the Colorado River in California through Mexico. Initially, Mexico held authority over water delivery until settlers persuaded Congress to construct the All-American Canal. Control over land and water formed the basis of commercial agriculture and in turn enabled growers to use the state to procure inexpensive, plentiful immigrant workers.
Number of Pages: 229
Genre: History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: USA / State + Local / West, United States / 20th Century
Series Title: Connecting the Greater West
Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
Author: Jr. Benny J. Andres
Street Date: April 22, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-14-5047
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