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Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, by Raúl A. Ramos

By Raúl A. Ramos

Introducing a brand new version for the transnational heritage of the U.S., Raul Ramos locations Mexican american citizens on the heart of the Texas construction tale. He specializes in Mexican-Texan, or Tejano, society in a interval of political transition starting with the yr of Mexican independence. Ramos explores the standards that assisted in 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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Regional identity arose not only from the expense of living in the north but also through comparison to the rest of the colony. Resentment and a sense of entitlement resulted from the gains the colony and Crown made at the misery of ­Norteños. Colonial policy on the borderlands only intensified the regional complaints by cutting off a potential avenue for relief. The woodland areas in northeastern Texas provided cover for a vibrant contraband trade with Anglo-Americans and indigenous groups. ”30 Tobacco, furs, guns, and stolen livestock dominated this illicit trade.

Undoubtedly, many non-elites joined Bexareño elites because of their deep ties. This came despite the sizable Anglo-American participation in Gutiérrez’s rebellion. Again, what could have been perceived as a rebellion from outside gained importance internally through the participation by elites. Finally, the social order remained in place after the rebellions and continued to serve as the gateway for politics in Béxar. Erasmo Seguín’s rapid reinstatement in town governance despite his position against Spain demonstrates government recognition of prestige for maintaining authority.

According to Travieso, the soldiers and citizens of Béxar believed rumors that Salcedo and Herrera planned to permanently relocate troops stationed in town to Río Grande, abandoning the defense of Texas and leaving it open to attacks from Indians and Anglo-Americans. Travieso mentioned that “the citizens were equally obliged to render services in the defense of their country; . . ”8 Travieso’s opinion revealed the strong local interests motivating the actions of insurgents in Béxar. During the trial, Travieso claimed that his actions served to aid the colony, Crown, and church by protecting Béxar and Texas from Indians and foreign invaders.

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