Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land (Original Californians Were Mexican)

Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land (Original Californians Were Mexican)

Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land (Original Californians Were Mexican)

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About This Episode

One hundred years after Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish conquistadors and priests push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the southwest.

Through the Mexican American War, the U.S. takes a full half of Mexico’s territory by 1848; over 70,000 Mexicans are caught in a strange land with many becoming American citizens. As the Gold Rush floods California with settlers, Mexicans and Mexican Americans are treated as second-class citizens, facing discrimination and racial violence. At the same time, New Mexicans manage to transform themselves through education, managing to preserve Hispano culture, and their standing in the midst of an era of conquest and dispossession.

Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.


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Documentary | Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams (Episode 2)

Documentary | Latino Americans: War and Peace (Episode 3)

Documentary | Latino Americans (Episode 4) | PBS America

Documentary | Latino Americans: Prejudice and Pride (Episode 5)

Documentary | Latino Americans: Peril and Promise (Episode 6)




  1. Video would not play. Would like to say that, following the Mexican American war, And up until recent generations, New Mexicans, unlike latinos from other countries, were unable to refer to our nationality. To say, “soy Americano” meant , “I am gringo” our ancestors would have been ridiculed for saying such a thing. So instead of referring to our nationality, we referred to our ethnicity, “Soy Hispano”.

  2. Native Americans???

  3. And all this time I thought the original Californians were Native Americans ??? And they were first displaced by the Spanish, then the Europeans..

  4. I suppose #FirstNationsPeople’s contributions were insignificant

  5. I love this! thank you for this history lesson. I am not of Mexican descent but Peruvian, 1st generation American. I am thrilled to see a documentary of the Latino/ Hispanic that sacrificed, came before me, helped form the U.S of today! We need to see, hear and know more of this. We need to see role models and fore fathers to look up to, be like and reach our highest potential for our beautiful culture and heritage. Thank you! Is there a website where we can buy this documentary- all episodes? Benidicones..:-)) -ilein Wisconsin

  6. Thank you for enriching our knowledge of our own background we need to appreciate our roots and value our heritage.

  7. Episode One – powerful! I love it, but I am unable to click on any other episodes. Are they not available yet?

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