Summary of the Book Tejanos&Texas under the Mexican Flag 1821-1836 by Andres Tijerina
The publication of the book Tejanos& Texas came in the backdrop of the lack historical data regarding the invasion of the Anglo-American’s military, their political and economic espionage of the during Mexican flag. After 1836, the Anglo-American invaded the Mexican lands. Therefore, this book gives credible details of the lives of Americans after they had exerted their dominion over the Mexicans beyond 1836. Principally, this book gives historically rich information regarding the social cultural and political exchanges that occurred during these critical years of the war, and invasion of the Anglo-America into Mexico. Andres Tijerina, in this book unveils fundamental factual background information regarding the elements of social interactions which occurred during the war, and some of these recorded elements include; power exchange, cultural interactions and exchanges, as well as exchange in the organization of their social institutions that propelled their societies.
These exchanges were significant to the interaction between the Anglo-American frontiers and the Hispanic frontiers during this war as recorded in the aforementioned years. These three issues become the mainstream conflict strands that impacted the society during the Anglo-American invasion to the Mexican land, and it generated effects on both sides (Tijerina 164). Thus, the focus of this book relates to the main issues that transpired amidst interaction that was often transcended by disagreements, to some extent compromised agreements leading to social interactions. The exchanges that happened during these years are critically documented in this book.
The theme of this essays it to provide historical documentation of the social, cultural, economic and political exchanges that occurred during the Anglo-American invasion to Mexican territory under the American flag between 1821 and 1836. The significance of this interaction is documented in this book as having both positive and negative implications to the American and the Mexican population. For example, the dramatic change in land and transverse ownership change had great impacts on the Anglo-American and the American population. The mainstream economic activity of the Mexicans was cattle rearing, and so the Anglo-Americans had a reverse change in their economic activity, and instead changed from farming as an economic activity to becoming cattle ranchers. It was after 1820’s that the Anglo-American pioneers began wearing boots as well as hats signifying their new occupation of farming (Tijerina 168). The extent of transformative interactions did not end with this widely discussed practice, but also influenced Anglo-American’s tastes on sports and other activities of social exuberance.
The social interactions in the sporting aspects reveals about the social activities of the Mexican people, and its impacts in generating social compromise on the Anglo-Americans. In this context, the book states that Anglo-Americans became interested and engaged on riding saddles that were attached to horses. Other social practices developed due to this interaction include driving longhorn herds, which generated a lot of fun.
The onset to these discoveries, led to instigation of words, elementary legal manifestations and practices in the backdrop of the cultural influence of cattle riding spurred by the Mexicans on the Anglo-Americans. Therefore, this book focuses on the multidirectional exchanges that occurred during this interaction. In addition, the author documents various fundamental institutions in which Tejano invoked its social and cultural lifestyles and organization, and how it shaped the lives and practices of the American frontiers. Indeed, this book generates a realization of the lifestyles associated with the Mexican-American living in Texas and the influence it had on the Texans (Tijerina 173).
The presentation and organization of this boom takes progressive steps to the unfolding historical events that came in the years of the Mexican flag. The author gives detailed description with regards to the invasion by the Anglo-American frontiers in Mexican, and the reactions by the Hispanic frontiers, who were the mainstream inhabitants of Mexico. Subsequently, this book discusses about the plight if this interaction regarding cultural-exchanges that were experienced.
Historical Significance of this Book
This book is so significant in revealing the historical background of the Anglo-American and the Hispanic, social, cultural and political exchanges during the years 1821 to 1836. This book is very descriptive to the social, political, and economic activities of these two mainstream social groups. It’s recorded that the book, Tejano& Texas, become the pioneer in describing the actual exchanges associated with years of the Mexican flag. In addition, the book unravels the mystery of the aftermath of this interaction by illustrating the progressive cultural, social, economic and political influences that followed such invasion (Tijerina 192). Power, culture, and social institutions are the three main aspects of life that transpired during this period, and the author critically analyses these incidences.
Beginning from the year 1821, Anglos were first seen settling in the Mexican states of Coahuila Texas, and permanently settled there for over a century. This information is significant to the historical accords of this encounter. Such information has remained scanty in the public dominion, and in most cases authors have given surface information regarding this encounter. In addition, the Tejano’s presence in Mexico spurred a series of influence, beginning with their basic institution, and the evolution of the local government and institutions in the Texas as a republic (Tijerina 213). For instance, Tejano’s influence is associated with the origin to the Texas educational system. Land system and the decree of rates, as well as the creation of municipalities were all attributed to the Tejano’s influence in Texas. Indeed, this book answers most questions and gives a clear lens of political, cultural and social influences that occurred as result of the interactions between the Anglo-Americans, and the Hispanics in Mexico.
Tijerina, Andrés. Tejanos and Texas Under the Mexican Flag, 1821-1836. , 1994. Print.