Tejano Origins in Eighteenth-Century San Antonio

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Tejano Origins in Eighteenth-Century San Antonio

Edited by Gerald E. Poyo and Gilberto M. Hinojosa

Illustrated by José Cisneros

A social history of the peoples of early San Antonio and their interactions and interrelationships.



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5.5 x 8.5 | 222 pp.


Since its first publication in 1991, this history of early San Antonio has won a 1992 Citation from the San Antonio Conservation Society and a Presidio La Bahía Award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

I. Béxar: Profile of a Tejano Community, 1820-1832, by Jesús F. de la Teja and John Wheat
II. Forgotten Founders: The Military Settlers of Eighteenth-Century San Antonio de Béxar, by Jesús F. de la Teja
III. The Canary Islands Immigrants of San Antonio: From Ethnic Exclusivity to Community in Eighteenth-Century Béxar, by Gerald E. Poyo
IV. The Religious-Indian Communities: The Goals of the Friars, by Gilberto M. Hinojosa
V. Immigrants and Integration in Late Eighteenth-Century Béxar, by Gerald E. Poyo
VI. Indians and Their Culture in San Fernando de Béxar, by Gilberto M. Hinojosa and Anne A. Fox
VII. Independent Indians and the San Antonio Community, by Elizabeth A.H. John
Conclusion: The Emergence of a Tejano Community
Selective Bibliography on Spanish Texas, 1685-1821

"An absorbing social history of the lives of the intrepid settlers who rallied around their traditional institutions—mission centers, municipalities, and the military arm of the crown—to secure the northernmost frontier of New Spain and to convert the land, as much as they were capable, into a productive segment of the empire. . . . This volume merits a wide audience especially among social scientists engaged in providing meaning to the Mexican American community in Texas."
New Mexico Historical Review

"The exploration of the interrelationships among soldiers, civilian settlers, missionaries, and Indians in the San Antonio area is of special significance. This provides a refreshing approach for the study of early borderlands history, transcending the tendency among some historians to study these groups in isolation."
Journal of Texas Catholic History and Culture

1992 Citation
San Antonio Conservation Society

Presidio La Bahía Award
Sons of the Republic of Texas

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