Taste of Texas: Spanish Immigration

By: Abhi Mohan

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Section 1: Push Factors

There are many reasons why the Spanish left Spain to immigrate. One being they wanted to expand their regions throughout the world. They wanted to find land and new resources; and the best place for that would be the New World. Mainly, they wanted three things: God, Gold, and Glory. For early explorers, one of the main motives for exploration was the desire to find new trade routes to Asia. After many years of exploration, they found a great land mass; now known as Texas.
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Section 2: Pull Factors

The Spanish explorers came to Texas for many reasons. For example, Pineda came to map the Gulf of Mexico and establish a Spanish colony, but also ended up mapping Texas's coast. Also fellow Spaniard Hernan Cortes (who was a conquistador) was exploring farther south, and ended up conquering the Aztecs! They were looking to explore an unknown land: the New World. Mineral resources were a big factor for the immigrants. They also wanted to conquer new land to become a superior force than others. Bottom line, they wanted to spread Catholicism, and get the three G's: God, Gold, and Glory.
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Section 3: Culture Highlight

The Spanish tradition has various elements in it. First, there is something called a "tapas". A tapas is a way of eating food. Tapas are small portions, but they can consist of anything. It means to go "hopping" around and eat something small in a different place. Also, there is something called "Flamenco". Flamenco is not a type of dance; it is a type of style in music. It has much more emphasis on the guitar, vocals and rhythm than the dancing. One tradtion Spain brought to Texas was actually barbecue! The tradition of barbecuing came from indigenous people of the Caribbean. Mojority of the Spaniards in Spain are Roman Catholic. It is the world's largest Christian Church, with over one billion members worldwide. It is one of the oldest institutions in the world and has played a pbig role in Western Civilization. A cool celebration in Spain is San Fermin (Pamplona Bull Run). It is a festival where week-long bull running and bullfighting festival occurs every morning at 8am. The city's brave run ahead of a group of angry bulls, and sprint for their lives! There is a popular Spanish food called Paella. It is made up of yellow rice with shrimp and mussels. If you are a big fan of seafood, you'll love this tasty authentic Spanish dish!
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Section 4: Significant Individuals

There were many significant Spanish individuals during Spain's exploration of Texas. In 1519, Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, sailing from Jamaica, landed on the coast of Texas and became the first known European to visit the area. Even though not a specific person, Spain set up the Mission/Presidio system, which had a big impact on Texas. Antonio Margil de Jesus was a Franciscan friar, who was important in missions in Texas; he set up two missions in East Texas, and another one the next year. When Coronado searched for the Seven Cities of Cibola, he went EVERYWHERE looking for the lost treasures. In the end, there was nothing. Because of many other explorations like his, the Spanish got journal entries, mappings, and many other things, which gave huge amount of information to the Spanish, thus affecting the history of exploration in Texas forever.


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Section 5: Did You Know?

  • Spaniards habitually stand close and will, from time to time, touch one another on the shoulder while talking.
  • Spain has over 8,000 km of beaches.
  • Spain has the second highest number of bars per inhabitant.
  • Food is important in Spain and often a topic of conversation. Additionally, they often go on walks after a meal to help them digest their meal.
  • Spain is home to the world´s largest tomato fight: La Tomatina, celebrated every year in a village of Valencia.
  • Spain is the number one producer of olive oil in the world with 44% of the world's olive oil production.




Section 6: Analysis 1

My culture group had a big effect on Texas today. First off, many of their explorers explored parts of Texas that have never been explored before by the Old World (Europe). They spread word of a new land full of resources, which led to more and more exploration, resulting in more immigration. The traditions and culture that spread was like a blazing fire. Spanish in Texas is still there today. Spanish the 2nd most spoken anguage in the WHOLE US. We should be thankful (not completely though) that they found us. They brought us many ups, but also downs during the course of Texas History.

Section 7: Analysis 2

In some ways, you can say Spanish immigration makes Texas a better place, but not always. In good ways, they brought more people and spread word about a new open land. It can be considered the "first shot" in the process of immigration to Texas from the Old World, but not completely. Because of Spain's immigration, many rivers, towns, and counties that currently exist, were named after Spanish things, and Spanish architectural concepts still flourish. For example, places like El Paso and San Antonio were derived from Spanish origin. In the negative side, Spain came and took control of Texas, seizing their freedom, causing instability for the Texians. It also brought some diseases which was never there previously. But always think on the bright side, it shaped a lot of how Texas is today!

Section 8: Bibliography



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Back Cover: Information

Abhi Mohan

Period 4

2-11-13

Spanish Culture Group