Class Notes and Activity

Tortillas quotes to respond to by group.

In your groups, scan these pages for key points & quotes. One person should be in charge of typing your group’s findings and emailing this to me, We will compile your group findings here on this post.


Grupo 1

Page 107: the immigrant tortilla

Tortilla Wall:

extends into the ocean, it gain insight into the motivations of the architect, it is compared to the Berlin wall separating east and west Germany   The wall pushed farmers to Oaxaca, teachers to L.A women were forced to do house work in California. therefore the wall physically separated by strata
“It is a symbol complicated immigration and border issues”  2,000 miles is the full border.
For many Americans and central Americans tortilla wall is an insult that contrasts their culinary tradition, ironically it the other side of the wall enabled many culinary niches in businesses to be filled.
The fence is a tool to help arrest illegal immigrants to slow them down to make
The tortilla boom: lead directly to the production of nachos, a group of soldier wives had a dish made for them by Ignacio, now nachos. Mexican food  has a stereotype of being unhealthy, but the corn tortilla is very healthy with fortified nutrition.


Grupo 2

Page 75: timeline of New Spain > Mexico > Texas > USA

Here’s the info for the Ultimate Supreme Group.


Pg. 75

Mexican Texas: a Timeline


How did the Hispanics adjust to the new settlers? (75)


In return for land, the newcomers swore allegiance to Mexico and the Catholic faith. Some lied, and others grabbed land for stipulation. But many of the Anglos simply wanted homestead because this was the American dream, a new life in a new land. (75)


1775: Immigration to California from Mexico begins

1821: Spanish colonies collapsed

1836: Texas broke off from Mexico

(US-Mex War)

1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (ends US-Mex War, giving land)

1861: Texas secedes from the Union

1861-1865: Civil War

1911: Mexican revolution: Porfirio Diaz (President of Mexico)


To the California Anglos, Mexicans were Mexicans, all classes categorized as one. One label was easier to assign than figuring out who was mestizo, Indio, hidalgo, or full-blooded Spanish. […] For the particularly vocal segment of the new Anglo majority, the beef burrito, an acculturation food of the frontier, was the only aspect of the Mexican culture welcome in California. (79)


Grupo 3

Page 67: La tortilla de harina

The making of the tortilla
  • “A distinctive feature of the northern frontier was the wheat flour tortilla. On Spanish ranches, in colonial settlements, and even in indigenous communities, mining villages, cities, and border towns, the women mixed locally milled White Sonora wheat flour with water, salt, and lard rendered from swine, a divergence from the traditional vegetarian corn tortilla” (67-68).
Difference between flour and corn
  • Incorporated wheat (see above quote)
  • Influenced by the wishes of Spaniards, who preferred the flour version
  • “For sure, wheat competed with corn as the dominant crop, and the northern frontier people–a cultural and geographical region composed of present-day Sonora, Chihuahua, southeastern Arizona, and southern New Mexico–identified with the flour tortilla” (69).
  • “Corn was easy and inexpensive to grow in small home plots[…]the corn tortilla symbolized their regional and national pride” (69-70).
  • “…by the beginning of the nineteenth century, the flour tortilla evolved into the major tortilla consumed daily and in fiestas” (70).


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