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These two counties had the highest rates of interracial marriages involving at least one black spouse in the United States at that time.Most of the black women and men of Cameron and Hidalgo Counties migrated from the Deep South to the southern most region of Texas. Out of the 18 interracial households in Cameron County, nine families (50%) owned their land while nine families rented.Of those eighteen households, seven or 38% were interracially married.
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As a consequence a small but significant number of prominent black-ethnic Mexican families emerged to complicate both the Anglo-Mexican and black- white racial dichotomies so common in the rest of the nation. Census of 1900 for Cameron County, Texas, which today is dominated by the cities of Harlingen and Brownsville, showed an unusual statistic.
In the article below historian Alberto Rodriquez describes that process. According to that census, 177 blacks formed 18 households in Cameron County.
In 1886, he married Angle, an ethnic Mexican woman who was born to Mexican parents.
The Rutledges, who had been married 14 years by the time of the 1900 census, had seven children ranging from two to thirteen years of age.