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The Making of a Nation

Daisy L. Machado

in Of Borders and Margins

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195152234
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152239.003.0001

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 The Making of a Nation

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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

Chapter.  8591 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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