Thursday, September 19, 2013

Exploring Tejano Heritage

We were joined this week by Martha Sanchez Haydel to discuss the many contributions made by people of Spanish heritage to Texas and its history. Among many other organizations, Martha is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and can trace her heritage back to a group of settlers from the Canary Islands who established the first civil government in Texas, in San Antonio. Martha walked us through the many explorers who "discovered" regions of North and Latin America and how they influenced the settling of the nation and of Texas in particular. In her genealogical research, Martha also discovered that two of her direct ancestors, a mother and her infant son, were survivors of the Battle of the Alamo. Thanks to Martha for an enlightening look at how Tejanos helped to form our great state!

By the way, did you know that the Canary Islands weren't named for canaries but for canines, as there were a large number of dogs on the islands?

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