Join Casa Navarro as our educator, Antonio Coffee, talks about early Corridos, Mexican folk ballads that originated along the Southern border during the 1850s through the 1930s.

These border ballads give us insight into the perspective of Mexicans living along the border in a time of great change. The borderlands of Texas changed as control over the territory shifted from Mexican to American hands, greatly impacting the people who lived there. New settlers started moving south, creating conflict with those that already lived there. These songs let us see how Mexicans living along the border responded to this change and what their general sentiments to these settlers were.

The corridos are exaggerated tales, but they are often based on either a true story or a common occurrence. We will talk about the true stories and the cultural shifts that inspired these songs of struggle.