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Spanish Colonial & Mexican National Era - Chapter Summary
For an overview of the Spanish Colonial and Mexican National eras, complete this fun series of engaging history lessons. The chapter covers important historical figures and events from the time period, and you can expect to strengthen your understanding of the Spanish conquistadors, the Mexican War of Independence, the Fredonian Rebellion and much more. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Name iconic conquistadors from Spain
- Evaluate the voyages and routes of the Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda
- Discuss the historical significance of Fray Damian Massanet
- Identify important events from Texas' Spanish Colonial Era
- Summarize the history of the Mexican War of Independence
- Explain how the Mexican National Era impacted Texas
- Describe the empresarios system
- Recognize the causes and effects of the Fredonian Rebellion
When you finish a lesson, you'll take a short quiz that goes over important dates, historical figures, events, etc. You can further your understanding of the information by taking the chapter exam, and if you need clarification on a lesson topic, ask your questions through the Ask the Expert feature. For your convenience, these study materials are available online.
1. Famous Spanish Conquistadors
The conquistadors are controversial historical figures who paved the way for the modern Americas, but ruthlessly conquered indigenous groups. This lesson focuses on the most iconic Spanish conquistadors and their role in establishing European colonies in the Americas.
2. Alonso Alvarez de Pineda: Facts, Voyages & Route
Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda was a 16th century Spanish explorer who mapped the Gulf of Mexico, setting out from Jamaica and ultimately establishing a settlement in Mexico.
3. Fray Damian Massanet: Biography & Significance
Father Damian Massanet was a Spanish missionary to the Americas who was critical to both the spread of the Catholic faith and Spanish colonization in Mexico and Texas. In this lesson, you will learn about his life and legacy.
4. The Spanish Colonial Era in Texas (1776-1821)
Texas was an important part of the Spanish Empire. This lesson details the history of colonial Texas, from its settlement by Europeans in the sixteenth century until Mexican independence in 1821.
5. Mexican War of Independence: Summary & Timeline
The Mexican War of Independence began the ripple effect of the independence movement throughout Latin America. Learn about the causes of the war, timeline of important events, and the historical legacy of the war today.
6. The Mexican National Era & Its Impact on Texas (1821-1836)
In this lesson, we'll learn how the new country of Mexico opened its borders to a wave of immigration that would forever change the Texas region. We'll also learn how this eventually led to a military showdown that affected Mexico, Texas, and ultimately the United States.
7. Empresarios: Definition & System
In 1821, land was granted to the first empresario, an entrepreneur named Moses Austin. After that, 24 other men were given land grants by the new Republic of Mexico to establish colonies in what is now Texas.
8. The Fredonian Rebellion of 1826: Causes & Effects
Haden and Benjamin Edwards were brothers with big ideas on how to make money in Mexican-controlled Texas in the early 1800s. However, despite their best efforts, their attempt failed in every imaginable way!
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