Facts About Laredo
Laredo is a city in and the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Laredo’s economy is based on international trade with Mexico, Many major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo.
The Spanish colonial settlement of Villa de San Agustin de Laredo was founded in 1755 by Don Tomás Sánchez Barrera while the area was part of the Nuevo Santander region in the Spanish colony of New Spain.
Villa de San Agustin de Laredo was named after Laredo, Cantabria, Spain and in honour of Saint Augustine of Hippo.
The city has a total area of 102.6 square miles, of which 101.1 square miles are land and 1.5 square miles are covered by water.
Laredo is known as “The Gateway City” & “The City Under Seven Flags”.
Laredo is one of the oldest border crossing points along the U.S.-Mexico border and the nation’s largest inland port of entry.
Laredo was founded in 1755 and grew from a village to the capital of the Republic of the Rio Grande to the largest inland port on the United States-Mexican Border.
Laredo is twinned with Acámbaro, Mexico; Campeche, Mexico; Cerralvo, Mexico; Chenzhou, China; Ciénega de Flores, Mexico; Ciudad Valles, Mexico; La Cruz, Costa Rica; Cuernavaca, Mexico; General Escobedo, Mexico; General Terán, Mexico; Guadalajara, Mexico; Guadalupe, Mexico; Los Herreras, Mexico; Hutt, New Zealand; Jerez, Mexico; Lampazos de Naranjo, Mexico; Laredo, Spain; Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico; León, Mexico; Mexticacán, Mexico; Monclova, Mexico; Montemorelos, Mexico; Murray Bridge, Australia; Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Papantla, Mexico; San Antonio de Areco, Argentina; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Tainan, Taiwan; Tepatitlán de Morelos, Mexico; Tijuana, Mexico; Tlahualilo, Mexico; Tonalá, Mexico; Torreón, Mexico; Veracruz, Mexic; Wenzhou, China; Wuwei, China & Zixing, China.
The biggest festival, Washington’s Birthday Celebration, is held during the later part of January and the majority of February.