Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? A change of pace--hopefully not too far from home? And if it could be educational, too, that would be a plus, wouldn't it? If you haven't already discovered the Field Trips category in our blog archives, do yourself a favor and pop over for a peek! You'll find many of the destinations mentioned in the chronological volumes of the
Rancho de las Cabras means “Ranch of the Goats”, and that’s just what it was. Then, as now, the site near present-day Floresville was very remote, but the goats and cattle raised there supported the missionaries and native tribesmen who lived at Mission Espada. What’s left to see? A few artifacts. Not much in the way of structures (though archaeologists from the University
Tomorrow--July 6, 2017--is the second anniversary of the day the San Antonio Missions were officially recognized as a World Heritage Site. https://youtu.be/K-uMF5CsA3I The San Antonio missions were actually a system of evangelical communities that included 5 church/life compounds–Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, Mission San Juan, and San Antonio de Valero (the
Mission Espada--or, more properly, Mission San Francisco de la Espada-- was the first mission chartered in Texas. It was founded in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas with two purposes: to reach the people of the Caddo Confederacy with the gospel, and to provide a Spanish presence in east Texas to guard against French encroachment into Spain's claim in the New World. That first remote
Mission San Juan was first founded as an outreach to the Nazonis people of east Texas in 1716. Relocated to San Antonio on 5 March 1731, it was renamed San Juan Capistrano. Visitors can easily imagine how remote and rustic the original mission compound was, which makes it easy to understand the large burial ground at Mission San Juan. Life was always hard for the native people in this
Mission San Jose, founded in 1720, is the largest mission in North America--the "Queen of Missions." Officially called "San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo", the mission was named in honor of Saint Joseph and the Marques de San Miguel de Aguaya, who was the governor of the Spanish province of Coahuila y Tejas at the time. Restored by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s,
On 8 December 1755--almost 262 years ago!--San Antonio’s beautiful Mission Concepcion was dedicated–though at the time it was not “in” San Antonio. The mission was one of a chain of 5 missions reaching out to the native Americans who lived along the San Antonio River. The solidity and beauty of the building were meant to be a reflection of the religious worship it housed. Its two soaring
Since the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired in Gonzales, Texas, it is perhaps fitting that it was also in Gonzales, Texas that Sam Houston gathered his army.
Susannah Dickenson is one of Gonzales’ best known citizens, and one whose story has long intrigued me. Born in Tennessee about 1814, little is known about Susanna Wilkerson until she married Almaron Dickinson on May 24, 1829. She was only 15 years old; he, 28. Within two years, the young couple was on their way to Texas where Almaron was granted a league of land on the San Marcos
Green DeWitt received permission from the Mexican government to establish a colony of 400 families in Texas in 1825, making him an empresario, but it was seven years later before the selected town site of Gonzales was surveyed.