Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day (Día de la Independencia de Texas) celebrates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 people, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas (República de Tejas). It is an annual legal holiday in Texas. March 2 also marks Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston … Continue reading Texas Independence Day

United States #1191 (1962)

New Mexico Statehood

New Mexico (Nuevo México in Spanish and Yootó Hahoodzo in Navajo) was admitted to the United States as the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Occupying 121,412 square miles (314,460 km²) of land in the southwest region of the U.S.A., it is usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is often incorrectly believed to have taken its name from the nation of Mexico. Spanish explorers recorded … Continue reading New Mexico Statehood

United States #1028 (1953)

Gadsden Purchase

The Gadsden Purchase (known in Mexico as Venta de La Mesilla, “Sale of La Mesilla”) is a 29,670-square-mile (76,800 km²) region of present-day southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico that the United States purchased via a treaty signed on December 30, 1853 by James Gadsden, American ambassador to Mexico at that time, The purchase included lands south of the Gila River and west of the Rio … Continue reading Gadsden Purchase

México #C169 (1947)

Postman’s Day / Día del Cartero (México)

November 12 is Dia del Cartero — Postman’s Day — in México. The country reserves special days for almost all trades; more than 20,000 postal workers have the day off and citizens will give them a small bonus, typically between 25 and 100 pesos, dependent on how good of a job they believe their mail carrier has done and in appreciation of the work they carry … Continue reading Postman’s Day / Día del Cartero (México)

United States #976 (1948)

Establishment of Fort Bliss, Texas

On November 7, 1848, United States War Department General Order No. 58 ordered the establishment of an army post across from El Paso del Norte (now Ciudad Juárez), the largest settlement in the independent Mexican territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México. The United States had inherited the unenforced claim to the east bank with the Texas Annexation in 1845. The U.S. Army under Stephen Kearny occupied … Continue reading Establishment of Fort Bliss, Texas

Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos

Running in 2016 from October 31 until November 2, Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for … Continue reading Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos