The city of Laredo, Texas is situated on the northern bank of the Rio Grande and is the biggest city of Webb County. Currently, the city of Laredo has 4 international bridges. Two border crossings are now maintained by Laredo City; One with the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon at Columbia and one with the Mexican State of Tamaulipas at Nuevo Laredo. The principal port of entry into Mexico within Laredo City can be accessed on the Pan American Highway.
The average maximum temperature during the springtime is 89 F and the minimum is about 54 F. Throughout summer months, the high is usually roughly 98 degree Fahrenheit and the low is 73 F. The temperatures throughout fall vary from a high of 95 F and a low of 70 F. During wintertime, the temperature varies from 71 degrees Fahrenheit to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. There is around 19 inches of precipitation every year and the average humidity is 62%.
The name "Laredo" came from a small town within Santander, that sits in the Spain's north shoreline. Jose de Escandon, a Spaniard, helped to establish one of the last northern provinces of New Spain, Nuevo Santander. The aim was to colonize Mexico. The city of Laredo was colonized during 1755 and was originally called San Agustin de Laredo. Along with Laredo, six other settlements were established along the Rio Grande by Escandon, comprising Carmargo and Reynosa in 1749, Dolores and Revilla during 1750, and Mier during 1752. Laredo is thought to be the oldest independent settlement within the state of Texas since there were no missions connected with its founding. It is currently the only remaining Spanish colonial settlement on the north bank of the lower Rio Grande.
Captain Tomas Sanchez settled 15 leagues of land on the Rio Grande, along with three other families on the 15th of May, the year 1755. The family raised sheep, cattle, horses, goats, oxen and mules. The city was laid out by the year 1767 with the economy mainly focused on ranching.
In the city of Laredo, there are four South Texas banking institutions: the Falcon International Bank, International Bank of Commerce, Texas Community Bank and BBVA Compass. The city of Laredo has the largest inland port within the United States. Thanks to its strategic location, the North American Free Trade Agreement, dozens of import export agencies and several twin assembly plants. Shoppers from Mexico flock to Laredo as a shopping location, that helps supplement the economy.