Place:Rio Rico, Hidalgo, Texas, United States

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NameRio Rico
TypeCity
Located inHidalgo, Texas, United States


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Rio Rico is a city near the Rio Grande in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas; it and the surrounding land (the Horcon Tract),were part of the US state of Texas (in Hidalgo County) that was ceded by the United States to Mexico in 1977 under the 1970 Boundary Treaty. Along with the 20-acre Beaver Island near Roma, Texas, which was ceded at the same time as Rio Rico, this was one of only six cessions of land by the US to a foreign country after 1959 (five to Mexico and one to Panama), the others being 630 acres of the Chamizal land in 1967, Los Indios Banco (155 acres) in 1968 under the Banco Convention of 1905, an additional 17 bancos (1882 acres) in 1970, 1695 acres ceded for the Presidio-Ojinaga and Hidalgo-Reynosa Flood Control Projects under the 1970 Boundary Treaty, and the Panama Canal Zone in 1999, under treaties signed in 1977. When Mexico received these cessions from the U.S., treaty terms led to cessions totaling 1586 acres by Mexico in return.

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