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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Laredo, Texas, USA.

18th-19th centuries

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  • 1755 - May 15: Villa de Laredo founded by Tomás Sánchez and others in Spanish colonial Nuevo Santander, Viceroyalty of New Spain.
  • 1760 - Chapel built.
  • 1767 - San Agustin Church founded.
  • 1790 - Population: 708.
  • 1821 - Laredo becomes part of independent Mexican Empire.
  • 1840 - Laredo becomes capital of the Mexican insurgent Republic of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Federalist War.
  • 1846 - Laredo taken by U.S Texas Rangers during the Mexican–American War.
  • 1847 - U.S. forces occupy town.
  • 1848
  • 1849 - U.S military Camp Crawford established.
  • 1852 - Laredo "chartered as a Texas city."
  • 1860 - Population: 1,256.
  • 1872 - San Agustin Church rebuilt.
  • 1880
  • 1881
    • Mexico-Laredo railway begins operating.
    • St. Peter's neighborhood development begins.
    • City plan for Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, "'Plano de los Dos Laredos' created by E.R. Laroche."
  • 1882
    • Laredo Seminary and city water works established.
    • County Courthouse built.
  • 1883 - Daily Laredo Times newspaper begins publication.
  • 1888 - Laredo Improvement Company formed.
  • 1889
    • Street railway begins operating.
    • "Foot and wagon bridge built across the Rio Grande" at Convent Avenue.
  • 1890 - Population: 11,319.
  • 1898 - Onion farming begins (approximate date).

20th century

  • 1904 - Laredo Academy established.
  • 1908 - Discovery of natural gas in vicinity of Laredo.
  • 1909 - Webb County Courthouse built.
  • 1910 - Population: 14,855.
  • 1911 - Liga Femenil Mexicanista (women's group) founded in Laredo.
  • 1915 - Laredo public library active (approximate date).
  • 1920 - Population: 22,710.
  • 1922
    • International Bridge opens.
    • Azteca Theater opens.
  • 1937 - Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo formed.
  • 1947 - Laredo Junior College established.
  • 1950 - Population: 51,910.
  • 1954 - Flood.
  • 1970
    • River Drive Mall in business.
    • Population: 69,678.
  • 1977 - Mall del Norte in business.
  • 1978 - Aldo Tatangelo becomes mayor.
  • 1980
    • Webb County Heritage Foundation established.
    • Population: 91,449.
  • 1990
    • Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. becomes mayor.
    • Population: 122,899.
  • 1993
    • Laredo Community College active.
    • Cinemark Movies 12 (cinema) in business.
  • 1998 - Betty Flores becomes mayor.

21st century

  • 2000
    • Roman Catholic Diocese of Laredo established.
    • Population: 176,576.
  • 2001 - City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 2005 - Henry Cuellar becomes U.S. representative for Texas's 28th congressional district.
  • 2006 - Raul G. Salinas becomes mayor.
  • 2007 - Cinemark Mall Del Norte (cinema) in business.
  • 2008 - Rio Grande Detention Center opens, housing up to 1900 federal prisoners for the U.S. government
  • 2010 - Population: 236,091.
  • 2014 - Pete Saenz becomes mayor.

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