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Of Borders and MarginsHispanic Disciples in Texas, 1888-1945$
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Daisy L. Machado

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195152239.001.0001

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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation

The Significance of the Texas Borderlands

(p.3) 1 The Making of a Nation
Of Borders and Margins

Daisy L. Machado (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

One important piece in understanding the history of the western expansion of the U.S. is the significance of the Texas borderlands. It was in the nineteenth‐century southwestern frontier that the Euro‐Americans of the Stephen Austin colony first encountered the borderlands people who were in many ways new and foreign to them. The Tejano‐Mexican was non‐Caucasian and racially mixed, spoke a different language, was Roman Catholic, and had a cultural worldview shaped by the mestizo culture of Nueva España. In understanding how the Euro‐Americans reacted to, how they related to, and why they ultimately conquered the Texas borderlands and its people, one can also begin to understand how the U.S. imagined and interpreted itself as a nation.

Keywords:   Austin, borderlands, colony, culture, mestizo, Nueva España, Texas

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