Answered By: Stephen Dingman
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2015     Views: 49

Hola Daniel,

We have two (2) books that will give you an in depth look at this famous Corrido.  Both are available for checkout on the Library's third floor.  They are:

  • PQ7297.A1  C63   With His Pistol in His Hand by Paredes, Americo     
  • PS153.M4 G37     Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance by Leticia Magda Garza-Falcon     

In addition an excellent full-text article is available in our Texas Reference Center database.  Here is the citation for your perusal:


Tales of Badmen, Bad Women, & Bad Places: Four Centuries of Texas Outlawry. 1999, p154-162. 9p.
Document Type:
CORTEZ Lira, Gregorio
MISTAKEN identity
VILLAINS in popular culture
Geographic Terms:
The article focuses on the story of a man named Gregorio Cortez y Lira. According to the Texas history, Cortez was the most lied-about man and figuratively if based on his life story, he was the man who had become a victim of mistaken identity where he was accused of stealing a gallant yegua trigueña or his little brown mare. In fact, to most Mexican citizens who had known him, they would tell you, how great he was but for those gringos who knew him, they would say his a villain.
Buena suerte. 



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