EDINBURG, RGV - Cattle and horses were first brought to Texas by Pánfilo Narváez secretary Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who, with a crew of around 200 Spanish soldiers, landed on Texas soil on November 6, 1528. The hacienda system...
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Chances are that if you have a Spanish last name and you originate in Texas, your earliest ancestors developed the vaquero way of life. Indeed, their very survival depended on it. While that is true throughout...
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - On April 6, 1813, Maria Josefa Uribe Gutiérrez de Lara became First Lady of Independent Texas. In gaining that distinction, she actually scored a “double” first. Not only was she the first to fill the position,...
EDINBURG, RGV - An economic development project that will have as big an impact as the new medical school will be announced by the City of Edinburg in the next few weeks, says Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia. Garcia said he cannot...
MADRID, Spain - At the invitation of the Universidad de Oviedo in Asurias, Spain, I delivered a presentation last month to students, faculty and community individuals on ‘La Epoca Español en Tejas Desde 1528’ (Colonial Spanish Texas Since 1528). The...
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - On August 17, 1988, Public Law 100-402 was passed to establish Hispanic Heritage Month recognizing Hispanic immigrants’ contributions that make our great U.S.A. greater still. The honor can be considered a truly bi-partisan tribute. Democratic President...
CORRALES, New Mexico, - Baltazar Acevedo y Arispe, Jr., Ph.D., is a Native Tejano from Tahoka and a regular columnist for the Guardian. Acevedo resides in Waco, Texas and Corrales, New Mexico. He conducts research, writes and speaks as well...
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Two particular Mexican patriotic days are really popular in Texas. They are September the Sixteenth (El diezyseis) and May 5th (El Cinco de Mayo). Of the two, El Cinco de Mayo seems to enjoy more recognition....
EDINBURG, RGV - Following the landing in 1528 on what is now Texas soil of Alvar Cabeza de Vaca and his Spanish soldiers, other explorers followed. One such explorer, conqueror and historian was an Italian named Juan Bautista Chapa, whose...
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As the crown jewel of our blended Hispanic and Native American family roots in Texas, the Tejano Monument in Austin shines bright on the south lawn of the state capitol building. Since its unveiling in March...

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