On 16th September 2021 Mexican Independence Day was celebrated and is included as part of National Hispanic / Spanish Heritage Month. Within my previous thoughts my tone may have been viewed as critical to Mexico’s Independence, but I think it was fitting, given that Spain was also reluctant to acknowledge Mexico’s claim to its independence. However, Mexican Independence was achieved with the desire to claim lands that were taken by Anglo Americans. Spanish American History and the events that led up to Mexican Independence are complex, I acknowledge the struggles. Mexico Independence Day is a day of celebration. In my view we can also reflect upon the shared history and inter-connection between the Spanish Expeditions, the first European contact claimed by the Spanish, and of course Mexico as formally a part of the Spanish Empire. It is with these words I wish everyone who celebrates Mexican Independence all the best for this celebration, as well as the following words as a point for reflection: “I did find it humorous and actually on-point as the author quotes: ‘We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us’ (Gibson, 2019, p. 222). The irony is in-fact that the U.S. territory was drawn upon Mexican lands that were build upon the Spanish precedent” (Hussain, 2021).
- Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
- Hussain, S. S. (2021, July 20). CHAPTER 10 | SUMMARY! https://hearts-forever.com/2021/07/20/chapter-10-summary/
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