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University to host panel on Spanish conquest, impact on indigenous people

University to host panel on Spanish conquest, impact on indigenous people - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

A stereograph of the City of Mexico, The Ancient Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs. Published by Keystone View Co., 1900. Photo retrieved from the Library of Congress.

The department of communications, history, and philosophy will host “From Tenochtitlan to San Antonio: 500 Years After the Spanish Conquest” panel 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 both in-person and virtually. 

The panel will feature various speakers including Dr. Francis Galán, associate professor of history, and Ramon Vasquez, executive director of The American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions nonprofit organization.

The panel will discuss the Spanish Conquest’s impact on the indigenous people in San Antonio, including historically and from the perspective of women and Latinx identity. 

“I think it speaks to our indigenous roots as Hispanics that’s easily overlooked ― locally and broadly,” Galán said. 

Galán said with Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day approaching on Oct. 11, the panel is fitting.

Galán said regardless of students’ majors, the panel will be an educational experience that may inform them about their personal heritage.

“Maybe (non-history majors) are not as particularly interested (as history majors), but they may be interested in terms of their own family,” Galán said. 

The panel is one of many events being hosted by Texas A&M University-San Antonio in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15..

The event will be held in room 402 in the Central Academic Building. 

For more information visit or contact Dr. Galán at Francis.Galá 


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Asiah Mendoza is a communications junior with a minor in psychology. Born and raised in San Antonio, she enjoys writing and listening to music in her free time. Her favorite things to do are go to concerts and discover new artists. After graduation, she hopes to combine her two interests and become a music journalist.

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