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Good day, Atascosa County! So, with Hispanic Heritage

Month happening between today and October 15, I will be bringing this column to you in a slightly different format. The first part of it will be in English as we speak it today, the second part will be in Spanish as this part of the world was under Spanish/Mexican occupation for 317 years. It is the same article in both languages.

Atascosa County’s Hispanic population is an estimated 60% and the majority of that percentage does not understand, read or write the Spanish language. Good reason for it, it is no longer necessary. However, it is a matter of remembering the ethnic customs and traditions of your ancestors. This commission recognizes every heritage in the county and the beauty that their old customs provides for us today. We wish that every ethnicity, not only Hispanic, would hang on to their traditions if only for celebratory purposes.

Two hundred years ago, all of our necessities, papers and documents were written in Spanish. You can still go to the Texas General Land Office website and find Spanish Land Grants for land in Atascosa County or Bexar County as it was back then. Most Anglo settlers also spoke it and read it; they had no choice. It was the only way to survive and flourish in Spain’s lands.

As a society, our customs change and it is certainly a shame to see that. My wife and I were discussing how the rural or country trends are changing and fast. When driving down a county road, we wave at anyone we see, as a friendly gesture. In the last few years, the number of folks that wave back are few, it is mainly the older folks that still do. Will this custom fade away in time? Only time will tell and I hope that the friendliness of the county remains a staple that makes us unique and coveted as a place to call home.

La populacion hispana de Atascosa es estimada a 60%, la mayoridad no entiende, lee` o escribe la idioma. La razon es que no es necesario`. Es la manera de acordar los costumbres y las tradiciones de los antepasados. Esta comision reconosemos todas las herencias que sisten en este condado y la belleza que los costumbres los apresta hoy en dia. Deseamos que todos los grupos etnicos, preservaran las tradiciones, aunque sea para celebraciones nada mas.

Ase 200 años, los necesarios, papeles, y documentos eran escritos en Español. Hasta hoy puedes discubrir documentos en Español en la sitia de el General de Terreno de Tejas para el condado de Atascosa o como era ese tiempo, Bejar. La mayoridad de los colonos de los Estados Unidos leeron y hablaban Español, no era otra manera. Era la unica forma de vivir y florecer en el pais de España.

De Sociedad, nuestros costumbres cambian y es una lastima de ver. Mi esposa y yo platicabamos como las tendencias rancheras estan cambiando para el mal. Cuando manejamos por el camino de el condado, le saludamos a la gente con la ola de mano. En los años que pasan, la gente que devuelve el saludo son pocos, es la gente madura que toda via saludan y nada mas. Este costumbre de el saludo ranchero, se acaba en tiempo ? El tiempo dira pero yo espero que la amabilidad de Atascosa permanece para conosernos de un lugar de anhelo para ser hogar.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s column. Thank you for reading, until next time.

MARTIN GONZALES is the Atascosa County Commission Chairman. If you have history of Atascosa County you’d like to share, you may contact him at 830-480-2741.

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