Pleasanton Express crew
TheThis past weekend was very busy for this historic commission and it was one of those ‘busy’ moments. We started in partnership with the City of Pleasanton on Friday morning with the unveiling of the Great Western Cattle Trail sign in front of City Hall. This is a great moment to solidify the roots of the Pleasanton cowboys and the legacy of all the cowboys and cowgirls who have come. The partnership lasted into the evening with the opening ceremonies in the park for the Cowboy and Choparn Heritage Days for Young Farmers in Rodeo competitions. The inaugural Cowboy Legacy Days opening was an amazing feeling and a moment I will never forget.
The weekend in Liming ended with a ceremony and symposium commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Medina on Saturday. It was a hot day but the speakers and exhibitors were on standby. I was pleased to see so many prestigious historical collections in attendance. The committee received a lot of compliments for this event and we are really grateful to receive so much support. We appreciate criticism too, it makes positive improvements. Criticism is the best way to achieve improvement, and a good organization should welcome this as open communication with the citizens it serves. It’s a good sign that the audience trusts you.
I recently heard a comment about how we are not highlighting enough Mexican history. From a genealogical and ancestry point of view, let that sink in for a moment. Well, let me explain the history of the occupation of Texas. The territory of Texas was controlled by the following states / kingdoms / republics: Spain (1519-1684; 1690-1821), France (1684-1689), Mexico (1821-1836), the Republic of Texas (1813; 1836-1845), the United States of America ( 1845-1861; 1865-present), Confederate States of America (1861-1865). For 296 years, Spain controlled Texas. Texas has been in the United States for about 173 years.
Mexico became an independent country and was referred to as New Spain until it gained its independence in 1821. The Mexicans were so called because they inhabited the area known as Mexico. They were actually Spanish settlers and some of them were mixed ethnicities of Spanish settlers and indigenous people who were already living here. Texas has been a Mexican state for about 15 years. After nearly 300 years of occupation, there are no more pure Spanish people and very few pure indigenous people. Therefore, Mexicans living in Mexico mostly speak Spanish. Spain’s goal was to convert the indigenous population and establish a stronghold in New Spain. The mission was accomplished until 1821 when Mexico gained its independence. Almost 300 years have created a new culture and a very strong relationship with Spain, even today.
So, it is not Mexican history, it is Spanish history and the history of our ancestors has a long streak of rich and vibrant culture. May God bless the United States of America for being such a great country and give us the freedom to study our culture and wave foreign flags about which we historically know nothing.
If anyone would like to discuss, please contact me.
Lately, history takes a back seat in our world, so I sincerely thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this week’s column, until next time.
Martin Gonzalez He is the chair of the Atascosa County Commission. If you have a history from Atascosa County and would like to share it, you can call them at 830-480-2741.