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On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio
Pomona Faculty Books
  • Char Miller, Pomona College
This collection of eleven essays examines the environmental history of San Antonio, drawing on an interdisciplinary array of authors and insights to highlight the evolving relationship between the city’s residents and the South Texas landscape and showing how the human community and the natural environment have shaped each other. The border of the title refers to San Antonio’s location at the edge of the Great Plains on the north and the coastal plain on the South, at the intersection of the eastern half of the country with the western half. On the Border traces San Antonio’s environmental history over the last 300 years, from Spanish exploration to present-day suburbanization. Many of the essays discuss issues that challenge contemporary San Antonio—urban sprawl, water rights, and unchecked economic development—and reveal their complex evolution. They also assess the city’s social ecology, concluding that San Antonio’s power brokers “did not conceive of the community as a community.” Miller and his contributors point a way toward the future by understanding the past.
Publication Date
Trinity University Press
  • San Antonio (Tex.) - History,
  • San Antonio (Tex.) - Environmental conditions

Please note that this edition of the book was printed in paperback in 2005 by Trinity University Press. A cloth, hardcover version was printed in 2001 by University of Pittsburgh Press (ISBN: 9780822941637) and is available for purchase at

Citation Information
Miller, Char, ed. On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2005.