March 1, 1950
Hello, it is Alex again. I have long thought about how my people became a part of this great nation and the trials and tribulations we have faced. From the colonization of the lands of Mexico by the Spanish in the 1500s to the immigration of my people in renewed strength today, our history encompasses many creation and consequence situations (Donlan, 2008).
The Spaniards colonized the land now known as Mexico shortly after Christopher Columbus made his journey to what he called the New World. My Mexican heritage originated as a result of the fusion of Spanish culture and indigent native culture (Donlan, 2008). I sometimes wonder how our culture would be different if it were not for the Spanish influence.
In 1598, my ancestors first arrived in what is now Texas. Very few ever crossed the borders of the United States which were farther north and east, although I believe that the borders crossed the Mexicans.
The Mexican-American War, which started in 1846, was primarily over land (Donlan, 2008). The United States though it had the right to the annexation of Texas. In my opinion, Texas should still be a part of Mexico, but it was the people in that area that decided secession from Mexico was best. Many Mexicans and Americans died in the war, but in the end, Texas won the right to secede from Mexico and join the United States (Donlan, 2008).
The war ended in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Not only did the United States gain control of Texas, but California and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada as well. All this land cost the United States a paltry $15 million (Donlan, 2008). Needless to say, I felt a bit of contempt when I learned about this in history class.
All of a sudden, thousands of Mexican families were now considered United States citizens (Donlan, 2008). We kept our communities in Texas and California, but were considered the new minority in the exact same places where we had been the...