How mexican american historians tell the history of america from a different perspective from the standard angle historian standpoint

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The contribution that Mexican Americans have made to the history of the United States of America have been omitted from our school books, and for that matter from all other media. As far as the American society at large knows, Mexican Americans had little or nothing to do with the development of our beloved country. Being that most, if not all of what we 'know' of history are words, and descriptions according to an Anglo historian. Most references in our history books lack emphasis as to the importance or significance of the impact the event had on our American history.

From the very inception of this great nation, Hispanics have played a pivotal role. They made immense contributions to the mapping and paving the way for America to expand westward. The Spanish were building presidios, missions, and colonies in our American southwest as early as 1540. Contrary to what you have been taught in regards to Jamestown, the oldest continuous US settlement is St.

Augustine, Florida founded in 1556, 51 years before Jamestown.

The American revolutionary war almost totally omits any level and all contributions Hispanics made to the American war for independence. The contributions and involvement the Spanish made to the revolutionary war of the United States of America is highly impressive and in numerous cases decisive. During the whole duration of the war numerous financial donations and loans were provided to the colonial army. In addition the aid of Hispanics on the actual battlefield proved most beneficial. The Battle of Pensacola is the battle in which the British were defeated by a force made up of Spanish and French troops. The other battle, which we are all familiar with, is the Battle of Yorktown in which the British were defeated thus ending the war. What is generally...