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.
Explore the Hispanic experience in Texas with the following Texas Historical Commission travel resources:
Texas Time Travel website – Use the map and links below to explore Hispanic heritage sites in Texas.
Mobile Tour – Go mobile with the Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy mobile tour, featuring a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historic sites across Texas. Download the app directly to your iOS or Android device. (NOTE: If you are opening the mobile tour on a desktop, narrow your browser window to resemble mobile screen proportions for a better view of the content and options.)
Watch our Hispanic Texans video series to learn more about Hispanic cultural heritage in Texas. These videos were produced for inclusion in the Hispanic Texas tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app and may also be found on visitor site pages throughout Texas Time Travel: