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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2020 8:45 p.m. PST

"One of the persistent myths of Texas Ranger history is that, until recently, all Rangers were Anglo-Europeans. Surviving enlistment records prove that Texans of Hispanic and American Indian descent served from the Mexican era well into Statehood.

The following is a sample of names from very early enlistment records compiled by museum intern Rebekkah Lohr during research for her graduate thesis. She received guidance from Christina Stopka, head of the Texas Ranger Research Center, and used records at the Hall of Fame and Museum and the Texas State Library and Archives. Tables of Tejano and Indian names from the Republic era appear below; a few comments are in order about why the spellings and names may seem unusual.

Early Texas was a land of many languages but few schools. Many famous leaders of early Texas like Stephen F. Austin, Juan Seguin and Sam Houston were formally educated in the letters and the law. They led Tejano, Anglo and Indian frontiersmen who were far from ignorant and could converse in several languages. However, lack of schooling meant that many early Texans were illiterate or could barely read and write…"
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Pan Marek30 Oct 2020 6:06 a.m. PST

But this all changed by 1900.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2020 11:32 a.m. PST



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