Texas’s name has a Native American origin; it means “friends” in Caddo language. In this territory, just like in all the areas where colonists and Native Americans met, you can find the descendants of Europeans, Hispanics, and Afro – Americans.
Latin Americans living in Texas are known as Tejanos, and you can meet them in the bigger cities of the State, like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
Texas Hispanic Origins
Texas has been part of New Spain colonial territory from 1716 to 1821, when Mexico won its independence. The Spaniards were here mostly because they did not want the French to get the Mexican silver mines, and they conquered this territory by simply taking there their people, as new religious missions and colonists.
After Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, Texas was part of the Mexican territories until 1836, when the Texans declared their independence from Mexico. Finally Texas became a State of the Union almost 10 years later, in 1845.