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1 Title South by Southwest The Mexican-American and His Heritage2 Author John Tebbel and Ramn E Ruiz3 Publisher Zenith Books and Doubleday Company Copyright 19695 The setting of this story covers an immense number of years of conquering and colonization in the Southwest areas we now know as California Arizona New Mexico Texas and Mexico It begins in the early 15 and 1600s in a time when many important Spaniards such as Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775 he led the longest overland migration of a colony in North American history before Oregon were moving into the Southwest in search of gold silver bread and jobs It also talks about the Indians who were already living in the area we now know as Mexico that did not get along real well with the SpaniardsAnglos when they came in to invade their land The two main Indian tribes of that time were the Mayasa peaceful people who were interested in science invented a calendar to grow maize and were later believed to be wiped out by a great natural catastrophe and the Aztecsa powerful bloodthirsty tribe who feared no human only their gods Next it went on to the 1800s and early 1900s when Mexico decided to fight the Spaniards for their independence Finally the book went on into the mid to late 1900s where Mexico began to modernize and become a good neighbor to the United States6 The major conflict was between the Anglos and the Mexicans It began with the Spaniards and the IndiansAztecs fighting over the Valley of Anahuac The Spaniardsled by Cortez ended up winning the battle over the Aztecsled by Moctezuma Due to the cruel and ruthless Spanish rule a new social system was set up where the Spanish-born whites were the rulers the Mexican-born whites were the aristocracy and the Indians lived lives of poverty and slavery Another class grew called mestizosMexican-Indian and out
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