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La Colonia Mexicana: Mexican Americans in Houston

By Jesus Jesse Esparza In 1836 newcomers from the United States along with their Tejano (Texas Mexicans) allies, took up arms against the Mexican government and successfully seceded from that nation. Following the Battle of San Jacinto, which ended the Texas Revolution, Texians (Anglo Texans) ordered Mexican prisoners to clean the swampland on which Houston […]

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St. Vincent's Cemetary is the final resting place for many of the SEcond Ward's early prominent residents. Photo by Thomas McWhorter.

From Das Zweiter to El Segundo, A Brief History of Houston’s Second Ward

Second Ward was home to the extremely wealthy and extremely poor, bartenders and brewers, renters and ranchers, priests and politicos. The residents lived in a variety of situations ranging from traditional neighborhoods to suburban ranches. The area boasted one of Houston’s first churches, several early park and recreational areas, and the city’s first suburb.

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