In this collection of previously published journal articles and book chapters, historian Jesús F. de la Teja builds on his foundational eighteenth-century study, San Antonio de Béxar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier (1995), by presenting a Tejano perspective on San Antonio and Texas history from Béxar's founding in 1718 to the 1850s. This viewpoint is important, de la Teja argues, because it demonstrates the complexity and transnational dimensions of early Texas history, which form the “personal and ethnic roots” of Texas's Mexican Americans today, who “will soon constitute a plurality of the state's population” (p. 9).

De la Teja's ten well-researched essays can be divided into five thematic sections. The first two chapters synthesize the social and environmental history of colonial Texas and San Antonio, respectively. The author clarifies that what distinguishes his current interpretation of Spanish colonial Texas from...

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