Early Foreign Enrollment

In the early 20th Century, international students attended Texas A&M. Students came from Brazil, Cuba, México and Peru to attend classes.

A Struggle to Return Home

In May 1920, two seniors from México, César Augustín Castillo (pictured below), Chemical Engineering, and Carlos Salazar, Agriculture, were allowed to graduate from Texas A&M a month early to allow them a better chance of returning to their homes when revolution again threatened to inflame the whole country. They boarded a ship in Galveston for Vera Cruz with Salazar’s father and made it home safely.

Eyewitnesses to History

The Mexican Revolution of 1910 to 1920 played havoc with Aggies coming to school from México. In 1913, Miguel Marquez, Enrique Aramburu and Fernando Iriarte left their homes in México City for College Station, a journey that took two months to complete. Along the way, they were stranded when revolutionaries destroyed the rail line, witnessed the Battle of Monterrey, were threatened with being shot by rebels, had their hotel burned and lost all their possessions. They returned to México City to start over and eventually made their way by ship from Vera Cruz, México to Galveston, Texas.

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