As you have read in earlier posts to this column, although born and raised in El Paso, on the Mexican Border, I was ignorant of the Chinese and Japanese in Mexican history. But I did know about the Mormons. After Utah was annexed by the United States in 1848, many Mormons, to escape the American ban on Mormon practice of polygamy, fled to Mexico.
I read there are over a million Mormons in Mexico today, including many Mexican converts. They are mostly in Chihuahua and Sonora. I knew about the original escape from Utah, but I should have assumed their legendary missionary efforts would be activated in Mexico as in the U.S. and elsewhere. George Romney, once a Presidential candidate, and father of Mitt Romney, was born in Mexico.
Our neighbor Mexico surely has a history which so many of us know little about. That is a reflection on our educational system that ignores the 1,969 mile border we share with that neighbor to the south.
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