Chicano Studies Midterm

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  • Introduction
  • Thanks for inviting me!
  • Of course! I'm always down to give a quick crash course on the history of Mexico! Let's start with the Mesoamericans...
  • Mesoamerican Life
  • Mesoamericans were HUGE on myths and legends! They depended on them in order to follow traditions and bring families close! In case you didn't know, a myth is traditional storytelling, whereas a legend is a non historical or fictional story that is passed along by ancestors.
  • Just like La Llorona! My parents would always tell me to behave unless I wanted her to take me away! 
  • Conquest
  • Great! Since you know about this already, let's move on to the Spanish Conquest. Mexico was a colony of Spain for about 300 years due to the 2 years spent on conquering the Aztec empire, including Cuba, Cozumel, Veracruz, and Mexico. The only reason they were able to conquer such lands was because of their dogs, horses, armor, and gunpowder.
  • Well that doesn't seem fair...
  • Mexican Independence
  • Don't worry. At the end of those 300 years, Mexico finally gained their independence on September 16. 1810. The most prominent caudillo was Miguel Hidalgo. He helped roundup indians and Mestizos in order to help fight the war, and they fought for their liberty and independence.
  • US-Mexico War / Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  • Another war was the US-Mexico war that was called by President Polk. The result of this war was the conquered lands of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, New York, and Texas for the United States. From this, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo said that 100,000 Mexican Americans were promised to keep their land and property in accordance to the laws of Mexico and the United States, but violence was used because of the gold that was discovered in California in 1849.
  • Aztlan and Chicano Connections
  • In the end, the lands were still taken by the United States. BUT, the Mexicans in these states gave them the name of Aztlan, meaning homeland. It is currently different due to different religions and people living in those areas, but it will always be a place for Mexicans to bond and feel united through culture.
  • Wait, so what happened to the lands with gold?
  • Wow! Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with me! Look forward for our talk tomorrow!
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