The Texas Rangers,
the Salt War,
The myth of the non violent conquest,
the myth of the spanish conquistadores,
the Santa Fe Ring,
the Lincolon County War.
The Santa Fe’s ring most audcious caper was its take over of the Maxwell Land Grant.
Charles Beaubien and Guadalupe Miranda had received the Grant in 1841.
•Over the next few years, Beaubien, Indian, Mexican tenant farmers, Mexican Villages, and
Euro-american squatters contested parts of the Maxwell Grant.
•By the time the ring configured it, the grant encompasses 1,714,765 acres. This was despite the fact that
the Mexican Colonization Act limited grants of this category to 97,000 acres.
•Maxwell Grant threatened the land titles of residents of Colfax County, who prepared to defend their
•Juan Patron, Gorras Blancas,
knights of labor,
populist or People’s Party while fighting for the spread of agribusiness and demanding
reforms in the government, scapegoated Mexicans, blaming them for the decline of small farms and the demise
of rural America. Many of the people’s party interest were compatible with those of the Mexican workers, the
party regarded them as the enemy. (78)
- A southerner and former member of the california legislature, in 1857 led about 100
Californians into Sonora on what some Euro-American sources describe as a peaceful colonizing expedition.
The Mexicans ordered Crabb to leave the state. When he did not, the Sonorans ambushed his army and executed
Crabb; they cut off his head and preserved it in alcohol. President James Buchanan condemned Mexican
“brutality” and attempted to use the incident as an excuse to invade Mexico (Occupied America 114).
- Buchanan in 1859 sent USS
to Guaymas for the purpose of provoking a war. The pretext
was Governor Ignancio Pesqueria’s refusal to allow Charles P. Stone to survey public lands of Sonora. Enter
Captain William Porter of the
in 1859, who demanded that Pesqueria permit Stone to continue his
survey. Porter threaten to bombard Guaymas. The
left, but tensions continued as Buchanan stoked
passions, claiming that Mexicans expelled peaceful Euro-americans, violating their personal and real property
•Forty Blonde babies
: In 1904 there was a letter sent out to the Mexican Priest that NY had 50 blonde babies.
The Mexicans agreed to take 40 of them and promised that they would be in good catholic homes. White people
found out and were outraged because Mexicans should not have White Babies. Town people broke into the
Mexican homes and stole the babies. There was Idignity because Mexicans could not fight back