generations, and to provide an interpretive overview and understanding of a society and its culture. A. Myths are stories or narratives that are used metaphorically to describe past events, to explain their significance to successive B. The relevance of a myth depends, in part, on the degree to which it approximates the events it is describing; its pervasiveness in the literature, symbols, rituals, and popular culture of the state; as well as its ability to affirm the values, customs, and beliefs of Texans. C. Americans have developed a national myth of origin derived from their colonial and revolutionary experiences, and Texans have also developed their own myth of origin, rooted in the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and the era of the Republic. 1. Other attributes of the Texas mythology include the tradition of the frontier, the cowboy, and the Texas Ranger, all of which reinforce the strong individualistic and conservative tendencies among many segments of the state. 2. The dominant mythology has been defined by the Anglo majority, but with the expanded number of Hispanics and African Americans, one might anticipate some redefinitions of this mythology in the future. B. Prior to the Texas Revolution, Texas was part of Mexico. Although the territory was sparsely populated, the Hispanic population was the dominant group. 1. Both Spain and Mexico regardod Texas as a buffer between Mexico and the westward expanding United States. The rapid migration of Anglo populations from the United States in the 1820s quickly reduced the Hispanic population to a small minority of the area's total population. 2. Hispanics played a role in the state's independence movement and carly politics, but by the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the Hispanic population comprised only four percent of the state. Political power is related, in part, to the size of a group, and for much of the state's history through the 1960s, the political power and influence of the Hispanic population have been minimal 3. Demographic changes within the Hispanic community are correlated to the changing political role and power of the Hispanic population. By 2005, Hispanics were 35 percent of the state's population. By 2030, this figure is likely to exceed 50 percent.