Marriage in Elizabethan times appeared to be similar to marriages of today, in that some of the traditions have remained constant; however, a closer look reveals many key differences.For example, it was considered foolish to marry for love, and strangely enough, those who were of lower classes were more likely to have a choice in who they married.
While noble women often had house servants to help with the chores and welfare of their families, poorer women did it single-handed until their female children were old enough to help.
Marriage was legal for girls at the age of 12 and boys at 14, but it was rare for couples to marry at these ages. Angela Atkinson is a freelance writer, editor and researcher, who has been writing professionally since 1995. Louis Family & Parenting Examiner for and authors "In Pursuit of Fulfillment," a popular self-improvement blog.
Tex Mex restaurants first surfaced ouside the southwest region in cities with large Mexican populations. Diana Kennedy, noted Mexican culinary expert, is credited for elevating this common food to trendy fare. But it is foreign in that its inspiration came from an alien cuisine; that it has never merged into the mainstream of American cooking and remains alive almost solely in the region where it originated..." ---Eating in America, Waverly Root & Richard de Rochemont [William Morrow: New York] 1976 (p. A combination of the words "Texan" and "Mexican," first printed in 1945, that refers to an adaptation of Mexican dishes by Texas cooks.
It is difficult to be precise as to what distinguishes Tex-Mex from true Mexican food, except to say that the variety of the latter is wider and more regional, whereas throughout the state and, now, throughout the entire United States." ---Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. 325) [1950s] "Mexican restaurants, whos popularity coincided with the arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants after 1950, have for the most part followed the from and style of what is called "Tex-Mex" food, and amalgam of Northern Mexican peasant food with Texas farm and cowboy fare.
Marriage in Elizabethan times was considered a necessity by both men and women.
Women who didn't marry were considered witches by their neighbors, and for lower class women, the only alternative was a life of servitude to wealthier families. While the husbands received the marriage portion from their wives, marriage allowed a woman to maintain a certain status even if she became a widow.
Food historians tell us Tex Mex cuisine originated hundreds of years ago when Spanish/Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare.
Tex Mex, as we Americans know it today, is a twentieth century phenomenon.
This is why poor women could sometimes choose their spouses.