Texas Lakes Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Hispanic Heritage

International Accordion Festival, San Antonio
International Accordion Festival, San Antonio


Unlike many folks residing in states farther north, we Texans are lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of a Hispanic culture that dates back hundreds of years. We were once part of Mexico and Spain, after all. Fortunately today, we receive all the advantages of an American democracy alongside a lively Hispanic heritage that has given us vibrant celebrations, delicious cuisine, nationally recognized entertainers, and influential politicians that help define and elevate our state's profile on the world stage.

Hispanics were among the original Texans, including prominent leaders such as José Antonio Navarro and Juan Seguín, and we are a better nation for their contributions. Our Hispanic heritage is a fluid one, growing in size and influence and adapting alongside the rest of Texas to a much larger and more diversified world. We in Texas take pride in our diversity, illustrating to the rest of the nation the importance of embracing many voices. We also love to flaunt the fact that our Fiesta season is absolutely the best month-long party in the country.

Hispanic Texans travel guide (at left) and mobile tour (at right).Explore the Hispanic experience in Texas with the following Texas Historical Commission travel resources: 

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Read more about Spanish Texas and Mexican Americans in the Handbook of Texas Online.