Tejanos and Texas under the Mexican Flag, 1821-1836 / Edition 1

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Overview


Historians have amply recorded the battles and the Anglo-Americans' military, economic, and political domination of the Mexican lands after 1836. But few studies have documented the reverse flow in the interchange while Anglo and Mexican co-existed under the Mexican flag in the previous years. Andrés Tijerina's book, focusing on Texas between 1821 and 1836, provides background facts for a better understanding of the exchange of land, power, culture, and social institutions that took place between the Anglo-American frontier and the Hispanic frontier during those critical years. To be sure, the dramatic shift in land and resources greatly affected the Mexican, but it had its effect on the Anglo American as well. After the 1820s, many of the Anglo-American pioneers changed from buckskin-clad farmers to cattle ranchers who wore boots and "cowboy" hats. They learned to ride heavy Mexican saddles mounted on horses taken from the wild mustang herds of Texas. They drove great herds of longhorns north and westward, spreading the Mexican life-style and ranch economy as they went. With the cattle ranch went many words, practices, and legal principles that had been developed long before by the native Mexicans of Texas--the Tejanos. In this book, Andrés Tijerina documents the two-way cultural exchange in the years under the Mexican flag. It describes the basic institutions of Tejano life and culture, and it documents their transmission to the Anglo-American frontier. The work is a foundation for the study of the early Mexican-American culture in Texas and its influence on Texans of all ethnic backgrounds.
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Tijerina (history, Texas A&M U.) documents the two-way cultural interchange between Anglo-Americans and native Hispanic inhabitants (Tejanos) of Texas before 1836. Tijerina demonstrates that the Tejanos developed a system of locally funded schools supported by municipal land grants, and that Anglos assimilated many Mexican military principles as well as ranching and agricultural practices. Includes b&w maps and reproductions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author


Andrés Tijerina holds degrees from Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Texas. He is currently an assistant professor in the history department at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction 3
I Tejano Settlements on the Frontera 5
II Governing the Towns of the Frontera 25
III The Tejano Community 46
IV Tejano Justice on the Frontera 65
V Military Reorganization in Texas 79
VI Texas Statehood under Coahuila 93
VII The Emergence of Tejano Politics 113
VIII The Tejanos between Two Frontiers 137
Notes 145
Bibliography 161
Index 169
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