Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Recently, while perusing the stat-counter for this blog, I made a discovery that actually put a smile on my face. By far the most viewed post I've written here at RtR is the one on America, Mexico, and the American Southwest. More people have hit that page than any other two posts combined. People from dozens of counties, numerous states, and various government agencies have spent time sifting through the piece, which I wrote at the height of the Arizona immigration fight.
The purpose of the post was to share some information on the various things that took place before, during, and after the acquisition of what we now call the Southwestern United States. I'll be the first to admit that despite fancying myself as something of a history buff, I was floored by how much I didn't know while doing the research. The Mexican government forced settlers to learn how to speak Spanish and required all official business to be written in Spanish? Kind of interesting considering the push-back one often gets at the mere mention of making English the official language of the US. Or how about the fact that settlers, in return for land grants, had to convert to Catholicism by order of the Mexican government? Bet you didn't know that little ditty did ya? I certainly didn't.