Boatright et al.'s
Mesquite and Willow
Mesquite and Willow is now available as a free e-book at the UNT
Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.
The title of this book alludes to two branches of folklore that exist
side by side in Texas, the English and the Mexican. The English
tradition is symbolized by the willow and the Mexican by the Mesquite.
Mezquite is the Spaniards’ approximation of Nahuatl mizquitl, and of
course Mexican folklore contains a mixture of Spanish and Indian
The mesquite and the willow both grow in Texas, but the mesquite has a
much wider range because it can live in dry country. Mesquite belongs
mainly to that part of Texas where the Mexican influence was the
strongest, the country below San Antonio once occupied by Spanish and
Mexican ranchers who traced their land titles back to grants made by the
king of Spain.