South Texas: Rich in Culture and History

South Texas is known for ranching and its diverse  wildlife, such as its the white-tail deer, javelinas, spotted ocelots, and the list goes on. If you want to go fishing then visit Port Mansfield, Baffin Bay, Corpus Christi, and many other sites. Whats makes this area very unique are the people and the cultures that have developed. NO! I am not talking about tacos! The indigenous, Europeans, and other ethic groups created South Texas.

South Texas is composed of many historic sites such as the San Agustin de Laredo Historic District in Laredo or the San Ygnacio Historic District located in Zapata County. By the way, don’t forget the Alamo and the Missions in San Antonio!  The “founding father of South Texas” is Jose de Escandon y Helguera, 1st Count of the Sierra Gorda. He was the first governor of the colony of Nuevo Santander, which extended from the Panuco in  the state of Veracruz in Mexico to the Guadalupe River in the state of Texas. Between December 25, 1748, the date of the foundation of Llera, and 1755, he founded over twenty towns or villages and a number of missions in the colony, including Santander, Soto la Marina, Güemes, Camargo, Reynosa, Mier, and Revilla south of the Rio Grande, Laredo and Nuestra Señora de los Dolores hacienda north of the Rio Grande.  If you have any plans on visiting South Texas stop by the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Texas or visit their website: https://www.mosthistory.org/

What makes this area of the state of Texas unique is its very own people. I grew up in Laredo where just about every weekend we have carne asadas (BBQ) were we gather at a relatives or friend’s house and have a enjoyable time.  When you visit South Texas you will hear people speaking “Spanglish”, it is a mixture of words between Spanish and English and you will hear it just about everywhere you go. This is an amazing phenomenon because this one of the many places were you will see this mixing of cultures.  Music! It is all about the music! You will hear Tex-Mex, Tejano, Cumbias, Rancheras, Norteñas, and lets not forget Mariachi!

Overall, South Texas remains one of the most historic areas in Texas and its culture has attracted many people from different countries. Among us are the descendants of the founding families of South Texas and our legacy will carry on.

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