Corrido: a narrative
song, or ballad, whose characters, events and
themes are representative of the values and history
of local communities in the United States and
This site features a brief
history of the Mexican Corrido and the Corridos of
, and . The main focus of this
site is that of intercultural conflict between the
Texas Rangers and the Mexican - American
community. Listed below are common and the .
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by Ed Miller -
Myths About the Mexican
The Anglo- Texan has a set of attitudes
and beliefs about the Mexican which form a legend
of their own. This legend of the Mexican is
not found in the cowboy ballads or in the folktales
of the people of Texas. It is found in
magazines, newspapers and books that have been
circulated the most.
1. The Mexican is cruel by nature and the Texan
must, in self defense, treat the Mexican cruelly,
since that is the only treatment the Mexican
understands. Walter Prescott Webb says the
that the Mexican is "the most merciless and
implacable foes know to mankind."
2. The Mexican is cowardly and treacherous, and
no match for the Texan. He can get the better
of the Texan only by stabbing him in the back or by
ganging up on him with the crowd of
3. Thievery is second nature in the Mexican,
especially horse and cattle rustling, and on the
whole he is about as degenerate a specimen of
humanity as may be found anywhere.
4. The degeneracy of the Mexican is due to his
mixed blood though the elements in the mixture were
inferior to begin with. He is descended from
the Spaniard, a second rate type of European, and
from the equally substandard Indian of Mexico, who
must not be confused with the noble savages on
5. The Mexican has always recognized the Texan as
his superior and thinks of him as belonging to a
race separate from other Americans.
6. The Texan has no equal anywhere, but within
Texas itself there developed a special breed of
men, the Texas Rangers, in whom the Texan's
qualities reached their culmination.
The Texas Rangers
are pictured as fearless men who are capable of
incredible feats. The Ranger is given credit for
ending lawlessness and disorder along the Rio
Grande. The rangers were known as rinches to
the border people and is very important in folklore
of the border. Rinche is not only used to
label the Texas Ranger but rather to label any
other Americans who are armed and and mounted and
looking for Mexicans to kill. What the Border
Mexican thought of the Ranger is best described in
sayings and anecdotes. For example, the Texas
Ranger carries a rusty old gun in his saddlebags.
This is used when he kills an unarmed Mexican.
After shooting the Mexican, he drops the gun next
to the body and claims he killed the Mexican after
a furious battle and in self defense. When
the ranger has to kill an armed Mexican, the Ranger
has to catch him asleep or he shoots him in the
back. The Ranger always runs and hides behind
the American soldiers when real trouble starts. If
it weren't for the soldiers, the ranger would not
dare come to the border.