Faces of Béxar showcases the finest work of Jesús F. de la Teja, a foremost authority on Spanish colonial Mexico and Texas through the Republic. These essays trace the arc of the author’s career over a quarter of a century. A new bibliographic essay on early San Antonio and Texas history rounds out the collection, showing where Tejano history has been, is now, and where it might go in the future. For de la Teja, the Tejano experience in San Antonio is a case study of a community in transition, one moved by forces within and without. From its beginnings as an imperial outpost to becoming the center of another, newer empire—itself in transition—the social, political, and military history of San Antonio was central to Texas history, to say nothing of the larger contexts of Mexican and American history. Faces of Béxar explores this and more, including San Antonio's origins as a military settlement, the community's economic ties to Saltillo, its role in the fight for Mexican independence, and the motivations of Tejanos for joining Anglo Texans in the struggle for independence. Taken together, Faces of Béxar stands to be a milestone in the growing literature on Tejano history.
|Publisher:||Texas A&M University Press|
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About the Author
JESÚS F. DE LA TEJA is the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Regents’ Professor of History, and the director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University. He is the author of numerous books on Texas history and a former State Historian of Texas. He resides in Austin, Texas.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vi
1 Spanish Colonial Texas 11
2 "A Fine Country with Broad Plains-The Most Beautiful in New Spain": Views of Land and Nature in Colonial San Antonio 35
3 Forgotten Founders: The Military Settlers of Eighteenth-Century San Antonio de Bexar 53
4 "To the Last Drop of Our Blood": Defending King and Empire in San Antonio 67
5 The Saltillo Fair and Its San Antonio Connections 79
6 Why Urbano and Maria Trinidad Can't Get Married: Social Relations in Late Colonial San Antonio 93
7 "Buena gana tenía de ir a jugar": The Recreational World of Early San Antonio, Texas, 1718-1845 119
8 Discovering the Tejano Community in "Early" Texas 139
9 Rebellion on the Frontier 161
10 The Colonization and Independence of Texas: A Tejano Perspective 181
Bibliographic Essay 199
The Texas history market will be the primary focus for this book, but because of the subject it may attract additional attention from scholars and readers studying Mexican American history more broadly.