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Beyond the AlamoForging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861$
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Raul A. Ramos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888933_ramos

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American Immigrants

American Immigrants

Colonization and Tejano Identity

(p.81) Chapter Three American Immigrants
Beyond the Alamo

Raúl A. Ramos

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the Seguin–Austin friendship, which shows how cultural brokerage took place. Austin's brother James spent several months learning Spanish in Seguin's household. Austin himself learned Spanish and became very adamant about the need for colonists to know the language while living in Mexico. He would goad his brother to keep working on his Spanish, even writing to him in Spanish. The next year, James stayed with their sister in the United States, but Austin continued to encourage him with his Spanish. On other occasions, Seguin's son Juan Nepomuceno spent time learning English with Austin at his home northeast of Bexar. These contacts reveal the personal nature of cultural exchange between elite families centrally involved in both sides of the immigration process.

Keywords:   Seguin–Austin friendship, cultural brokerage, colonists, Juan Nepomuceno, cultural exchange, immigration process

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