Skip to comments."The True History of the Southwest, 101"
Posted on 04/08/2006 10:23:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee
"The True History of the Southwest, 101"
The amount of historical idiocy and fallacies surrounding the history of the Southwest is staggering, chief among them the "Aztlan" fairy tales. What's the truth? How did the Spanish Europeans conquer the Southwest? The "conquistadores" (that means "conquerors") did it with the lance, and the lash.
For example, in 1541 Coronado entered present-day New Mexico (which included present Arizona during the Spanish era) searching for the "lost cities of gold." One of his first actions upon meeting the natives was to burn 100s of them alive in their dwellings, for not handing over suspected horse thieves. That is how Spain conquered the natives of the present US Southwest--not with hugs and kisses! It was certainly no love-fest between long-lost brown-skinned soul- mates, as it is often portrayed today by the delusional Aztlaners today, who spin the "new bronze race of Mestizos" toro-mierda.
By 1821, Mexico City was strong enough to overthrow even more decrepit and ineffectual Spanish rule. However, the distant provinces of the current US Southwest were far beyond the reach of the authority of independent but strife- torn Mexico. These distant northern provinces received neither military protection nor needed levels of trade from the south. Under Spanish rule, trade with the USA was forbidden, but at least Spain provided trade and Army protection from hostile Indians. Under Mexican neglect, the Southwest received neither trade nor protection from Mexico City.
For example, Comanches and Apaches ran rampant in the 1830s in this new power vacuum created by Mexican neglect, burning scores of major ranches that had been around for hundreds of years and massacring their inhabitants. Mexico City could neither defend nor keep the allegiance of its nominal citizens in these regions. Nor did it provide needed levels of trade to sustain the prior Spanish-era standard of living. Mexican influence atrophied, withered and died at the same time that American pathfinders were opening up new routes into the region.
Increasingly, a growing America was making inroads into the Southwest, via ships into California, and via gigantic wagon trains of trade goods over the Santa Fe Trail from St. Louis. The standard of living of the SPANISH in these states subsequently increased enormously, which is why they did not support Mexico City in the 1846-48 war. In fact, the Spanish-speaking inhabitants of the Southwest NEVER considered themselves "Mexicans" at all, ever. They went, in their own eyes, from SPANISH directly to AMERICAN.
So how long did Mexico City have even nominal control over the Southwest? For only 25 years, during which they had no effective control, and the area slipped backwards until the arrival of the Americans. The SPANISH inhabitants of the Southwest NEVER transferred their loyalty to Mexico City, because all the received from the chaotic Mexican government was misrule, neglect, and unchecked Indian raids.
Since then, how long has the area been under firm American control? For 150 continuous years, during which time the former Spanish inhabitants of the region, now American citizens, have prospered beyond the wildest dreams of the Mexicans stuck in Mexico. To compare the infrastructure, roads, schools, hospitals etc of the two regions is to understand the truth. The Mexican government has been mired in graft, corruption, nepotism and chaos from the very start. The ordinary Mexican peons have been trampled and abused, while only the super-rich elites have thrived. This is why millions of Mexicans want to escape from Mexico today, to enjoy the benefits of living in America they can never obtain in Mexico.
And now, we are supposed to let any Mexican from Chiapas, Michoacan or Yucatan march into the American Southwest, and make some "historical claim" of a right to live there? From where does this absurd idea spring?
At what point in history did Indians and Mestizos from Zacatecas or Durango stake a claim on the American Southwest? Neither they nor their ancestors ever lived for one single day in the American Southwest. The Spanish living in the Southwest in 1846 stayed there, and became Americans by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. There were no Spanish inhabitants of the Southwest who were marched to the border and driven into Mexico. It didn't happen. The SPANISH in the Southwest welcomed American citizenship, which brought stability, protection from Indian raids, and a vast increase in their standard of living with the increase in trade.
In sum, NO current inhabitants of Mexico have ANY claim on even one single inch of the Southwest!
NOT ONE citizen of Mexico is sneaking into the USA to reclaim property they were deprived of, NOT ONE.
They are criminal invaders and colonizers, pure and simple.
It's time Americans learned the true history, as a counter to the prevalent Aztlaner fairy tales.
Arming ourselves with the historical facts is step one.
Bump that, Travis...
You should write a book about this. :-p
Ohhh, Never mind. :)
*bump* we better wake up... or this is gonna start smelling like palestinian crap.
you're a writer... interesting books you have there. will bookmark later consumtion
Very true. The maternal side of my wife's family were Coloradans long before Colorado was a state. Ask any of them about thier heritage, and they will emphatically identify themselves as having SPANISH roots.
"Stop Exporting Your Poverty"
"Stay out of our Politics"
"End the Invasion"
"Friends don't Break and Enter"
"Azatlan is for Dummies"
"End Mexican Corruption"
"Go Home, Please"
p.s. - Travis, if you have or are thinking of starting a ping list would you please add me to it? Thanks.
Even later, there was the Gadsen Purchase, as well. It makes me wonder what these Americans today think of the usurpers who denigrate their heritage as Spaniards, and then as Americans by invading en masse as if they are somehow entitled to.
I feel it may be to late only a fraction of citizens are willing to fight for anything and among those that are no one wants to go first
Should we come up with a new term, or is Balkanization good enough?
Way passed that now.
< / deep sarcasm >
Note to all illegals Mexicans:
Get a clue!!! We won the Mexican American war about 150 years.
Hope you don't mind, but I found this piece of writing to be so excellent, I headlined it on my new site:
Let me know if you object, will you?
This article was really "rico y suave".
Regretably, Arizona already lost. The State Legislature is knocking off early and surrendering the Capitol to the marchers.
And what I want to know is; Where can I exchange gringo dollars for good ol' Pesos?
I often thought about retiring in Mexico. And now it seems I got my wish.
mi estoy cargando en los pantalones!
You have a car in your pants?
(Sorry, I'm having problems accomadating the new official language.)
However the current translation means * I am $hitting in my pants*
Will you take out my typos? LOL!
BUMP for later
Well done! Thank you for this.
LOL...I'll go check...
Your pictured criminal alien invaders and their supporters are with every passing week looking more and more like the kind of terroristic alien invaders with which the Israelis must deal.
These are indeed invaders - not migrants.
Thanks (er. . . muchas gracias) for the translation.
Hardly any typos worth talking about. Made a couple miniscule changes that you'd probably have a hard time finding....
Really, you made the case concisely, accurately and pasionately.
Excellent work, Travis!
I suspect that most of you have seen this email - Open Letter to George Bush, but it's worth repeating:
Dear President Bush:
I'm about to plan a little trip with my family and extended family, and I would like to ask you to assist me. I'm going to walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and I need to make a few arrangements. I know you can help with this.
I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here.
So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
1. Free medical care for my entire family.
2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.
3. All government forms need to be printed in English.
4. I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers.
5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.
6. I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down.
7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.
9. I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws.
10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pre's. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English.
11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.
12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don't enforce any labor laws or tax laws.
13. Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy.
I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that Pre's. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.
However, if he gives you any trouble, just invite him to go quail hunting with your V.P.
no piense nada de ello
Ningún problema, mi amigo.
Babel fish translation
"mi estoy cargando en los pantalones!"
Translation: "I am sh$ting in my pants."
FReepers take note: memorize this. It will be a useful phrase in the future. (Especially if, like me, you live in the Southwest.)
I have been psuedo-blogging, for years, a couple of the elements in WWIV ( III being the Cold War ), in which we find ourselves engaged.
The first element?
The other, somewhat interlocking element is this one:
Thanks for the lesson and posting
"Way passed that now."
Yeah, it's all over but the shooting. My advice is to get ready.
(BTW, as a proud owner of your first book, I'm looking forward to the completion of Domestic Enemies.)
Some more important facts to consider:
The Spanish speaking, American immigrants and "americanized" Indians, considered themselves "Texans" and declared their independence from Mexico. The new nation of Texas was recognized by all the European capitals and by the US. THEY fought a war with Mexico to establish this independence and quite a few died. Only AFTER they had achieved sovereignty did they, THEN, petition the US to become a state (a situation not all Texans are happy with even today). The rest of the southwestern area (southern California) became part of the Gadsen Purchase- for which we paid quite a rich sum to Mexico (15 million if I recall correctly- the SAME amount we paid for the ENTIRE Louisiana territory).
So next time you hear some Mexican claim that we "stole" the southwest from Mexico, just remind him of all these facts.
Immigration has nothing to do with it.. and more; some legal immigrants are could be espionage agents as well..
Bush is playing with fire here.. it could get him HUNG..
When reality is resumed in America.. Did I say its not about immigration?.. Its about Coup D'etat in slow motion.. its been going on for decades.. and is heating up..
Not all Americans are oblivious..