Map showing Journey to San Antonio

Journey to San Antonio

The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo annexed Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and parts of Wyoming to the United States. Mexicans living in these territories remained where they were and became U.S. citizens overnight. They did not cross the border; the border crossed them.

The lower Rio Grande Valley is a border region famous for rural musical styles like the story-telling corrido and the conjunto. In cities like Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen and Alice, these styles mixed with country-western, swing and other music. By the 1970s San Antonio emerged as the center of a Tejano music recording industry.

  1. Moving: Migrant workers took Tejano music to many regions of the U.S. and returned home with new musical ideas
  2. Staying: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Map

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The Birth of Tejano Part 1: Joe Jama "That’s where Tejano music is, and all it is, it’s just down home music, you know, west side, south side of San Antonio."