14 - Mexican-Americans: The Legacy of Conquest vs. Cuban...

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Mexican-Americans: The Legacy of Conquest vs. Cuban Enclave I. Treaty of Guadeloupe Hildago (1848): Mexico surrenders over 1/3 territory to U.S. A.Mexico must accept after U.S. armies invade during Mexican-American War B.75,000 Mexican nationals guaranteed their land grants; bilingual official documents C.Language not respected; within 10 years, much property lost through Anglo duplicity 1. Mexican tradition based on vague landmarks is manipulated in Anglo courts 2. Anglo hunger for Mexican’s land fuels conflict II.Mexican resistance to abuse, land seizures in Southwest labeled as criminal A.Bandido image used to denigrate rebellions B.Example of Cortina Wars and “Red Robber Barron of the Rio Grande” 1.Wealthy Juan Cortina had large land grant, was incensed by Anglo treatment 2.Kills sheriff seen pistol-whipping one of his mother’s workers 3.Frees Mexican prisoners from Brownsville jail, is labeled a “bandit” by Anglos C. Many Mexicans are lynched III.Mexicans exploited as cheap, temporary workforce to be expelled when not needed
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2012 for the course ANT 3451 taught by Professor Chrisgirard during the Fall '09 term at FIU.

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