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True about some French river names in Louisiana. Again, not very many people are aware that many settlers in Louisiana were from Spain. New Orleans is so very beautiful - iron balconies from Spanish influence too not French as I used to think - there are also so many communities in which Spanish is spoken - so many people from Louisiana have Spanish surnames - Canary Islanders settled there - the Spanish military also fought the British there (Natchez, etc.) beginning in the 1770's - factual history we should know.
Our rivers have Spanish names due to explorers from Spain just as Louisana rivers have French names due to French explorers.
Spanish archival records indicate that there was more activity in Texas than is generally acknowledged among the public and in history books. Much of what our students learn(?) in our schools about Texas History is "myth" and not backed by fact. Sad but true. Our State's history did not begin in 1836 - it began much earlier and our kids need to learn that. Why do practically all of our rivers (Blanco, Guadalupe, Trinidad, Brazos, San Antonio, etc.) have names in Spanish?? Many of our towns/cities have Spanish names. Teach our children history backed by "facts" and not by "made-up" stories. We "cheat" our Texas children when we do not teach facts. There is so much more that our kids can learn - I'm a former school administrator and I see the lack of factual knowledge.
No we don't but a good starting point would be the Six flags over Texas... Not the amusement park.
And it's getting worse Henry Wolff's column gone.
"We don't know enough about history in general, let alone Texas history."