Mining Americans knew nothing about the mining techniques, of quartz, silver, and copper. Mexicanos introduced the batea, riffle box, and arrastra, to make quartz, silver and copper mining easier.
Cattle Ranching The Spanish brought cattle ranching to the West. Spanish cattle adapted well to dry conditions. They brought the tradition of the roundup and branding. Branding cattle avoided conflict over ownership.
The Cowboy The Spanish language provided useful new terms- stampede, corral, and lasso. Ten gallon hats, or sombrero, shaded eyes and were used as a water pail or pillow. Chaps protected the legs. Boots slipped easily into stirrups. Ponchos provided protection from the rain. The lariat was used to rope cattle, and saddle horns anchored lariats.
Sheep Raising The Spanish raised new varieties of sheep- merinos & churros. These sheep adapted well to the dry environment in the West. They used the Spanish system or large scale production of sheep raising. Wool production was profitable- business production soared from 5 million to 22 million pounds a year from 1862 to 1880.
Irrigated Farming Citrus fruits introduced by the Spanish thrived in the sunny Southwest. The Spanish introduced the Mexican System of irrigation. It allowed the cultivation of deserts.
Mexican Food Settlers enjoyed the appealing flavors of Spanish foods. The Spanish combined New World foods, such as corn, tomatoes, and chocolate, with Spanish foods, such as oranges, grapes, and olives. Other New World foods included peanuts, vanilla, beans, squash, avocados, coconuts, sunflower seeds and chili peppers.
Spanish Architecture Spanish style homes had thick walls, red tile roofs, rounded arches, patios, and verandas made from adobe brick. Adobe bricks and design were well suited for the Southwest climate.
Mexican Laws Many American laws did not work in the West. No mining laws existed. The Spanish created mining laws, water laws, and community property laws. Community property laws were adopted because many American settlers wanted to share the gains of marriage.
Mexicano Entertainment Settlers enjoyed the music, color, and energy of the dances, and the excitement of the rodeo. Dances included the corrido, jota, fandango, La bamba, and Mexican hat dance. Mexicanos also celebrated fiestas like Cinco de Mayo. The rodeo was an exciting event where cowboys competed in calf roping, bull riding, and bronco busting.