Brownsville: Another Misunderstood Texan Border Town

The state of Texas is known around the world for its cowboy culture, barbeques and country music. Is the same true for the Southern border?

In 1836 Texas became its own republic and for 9 years it remained independent until it became a part of the US. What happened before then?

Texas was a part of Mexico

In school, we'd often study the Battle of the Alamo with its famous quote "Remember the Alamo." In 5th grade, I got in trouble at home because I was asked "What would Texas look like if it was still a part of Mexico?" I answered "Dirty and ugly." My father gasped, and I thought I had done something wrong but I didn't know what. As a Mexican-American, now grown adult, it hurts to think back on that. Mexico is a part of me.

In the 90s, schools and pop culture shared the history of Texas with a serious amount of gaps in the story.

Below are some little-known Texas facts you might not have heard of before:

1. Texas was a part of Mexico for 15 years.

Texas belonged to Spain and France from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. When Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, Texas remained a part of Mexico. This means Texas was a part of Mexico for 15 years.

2. The name Texas means "friend."

The Southeastern Native American Caddo tribe gave it this meaning and called it "teyshas." Spain then adapted it to "Tejas."

3. Texas played a part in the Mexican War of Independence

It involved bloody battles for 10 years. Texas no longer wanted war and wanted to become an independent republic. The Texan aristocracy backed interests from some parts of the US.

Some of these interests included making slavery legal. Slavery was against Mexican law.

4. Spanish settlers and Native American tribes created relevant routes

Along Texas that created migrational and commercial patterns. These connected countries, states, towns and cultures.

5. Texas fought to remain independent with some Texans and Tejanos backing up the effort.

Texans represented Anglo-Americans while Tejanos represented Indigenous Mexicans.

6. The 1850's decade brought the expulsion of many Mexican Indigenous Tejanos.

When Texas became a part of the US in 1845.

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