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Tejano

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Tex-Mex and Tejano is also a kind of music originating in Texas.

A Tejano is a person of Mexican heritage born and living in the U.S. state of Texas.

In 1821, at the end of the Mexican War of Independence, there were about 4,000 Tejanos living in Texas. In the 1820s, many Anglo settlers moved to Texas from the United States. By 1830, the 30,000 settlers in Texas outnumbered the Tejanos six to one. The Anglos and Tejanos alike rebeled against the centralized authority of Mexico City and the draconian measures implemented by the Santa Anna regime. Tensions between the central Mexican government and the settlers eventually led to the Texas Revolution.

Tejanos may variously consider themselves to be Hispanic, Mexican, Mexican American, mestizo, or more rarely Latino in ethnicity. Tejanos are often as hostile, or more so, to indigent Mexican-American immigrants than are Anglo Americans, although in urban areas, Tejanos tend to be well integrated into both Hispanic and Anglo American communities.

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