Folklore of the Rio Grande Valley

The earliest know versions of the "corrido" are the romances that were popular with Spanish soldiers during the Mexican conquest of 1521. These romance songs kept the spirit of the old country alive in the soldiers. Eventually the romances evolved into the "corrido" during Mexico's struggle for independence of 1810-1820. The "corridos" became a part of the literature & heritage of the common people. Because the ancestors of many of the people living in the Rio Grande Valley have their roots in old Mexico, the "corridos" which were popularized there have followed their descendents as they live in Texas on the U.S./Mexican border.




Origin of the term "Corrido"

The "corridos" celebrated the victorious generals, the battles for the illiterate, and presented a history of the rebellion. During colonial days the "corridos" also illustrated the dominance of the church. Those early "corridos" had moralistic tones, celebrated saints, or related miracles. As the "corridos" became racier and more about the common problems of the people, the Holy Tribunal of the Mexican Inquisition denounced them for "scandalously running through the city." Thus the term "corrido" was coined, since the Spanish word for "run" is "correr" from which "corrido" is derived.