Download e-book for iPad: Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, by Raúl A. Ramos

By Raúl A. Ramos

ISBN-10: 0807832073

ISBN-13: 9780807832073

Introducing a brand new version for the transnational historical past of the us, Raul Ramos areas Mexican americans on the heart of the Texas production tale. He makes a speciality of Mexican-Texan, or Tejano, society in a interval of political transition starting with the yr of Mexican independence. Ramos explores the standards that contributed to shaping the ethnic identification of the Tejano inhabitants, together with cross-cultural contacts among Bexarenos, indigenous teams, and Anglo-Americans, as they negotiated the contingencies and pressures at the frontier of competing empires.

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While in the territory between the United States and Spain, Gutiérrez witnessed the growing interest among Anglo-Americans to migrate into Texas and establish an independent republic with closer mercantile ties to the United States. , passing through Tennessee and Kentucky along the way. While in those states, Gutiérrez received even greater support in the form of volunteers for any expedition he might want to undertake in Texas. Once in Washington, Gutiérrez met with Secretary of State James Monroe to request American troops in order to establish a republic in Texas.

18 Salcedo’s statements attempted to raise doubts in the minds of Bexareños regarding their desires to change the status quo. No matter how discouraging the existing situation, Salcedo noted, hardships would only increase without Spanish support and largess. His direct lan34 Three Worlds in 1821 guage concerning independence indicated that people were discussing the topic among themselves in the province. These two events, the investigation and Salcedo’s speech, more than Casas’s rebellion itself, display early evidence of national concerns seeping into the conversations of Bexareños.

The lack 32 Three Worlds in 1821 of direct, active participation by the citizens of Béxar precludes calling these events part of a larger social revolution. While Casas set out to confiscate the property of Europeans in Béxar, his revolt lacked any stated ideology and never attempted to restructure society in a comprehensive way. Nevertheless, the readiness of Bexareños to revolt against royal government officials suggested a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the viceregal government and perhaps the desire for increased political autonomy.

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