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
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
On January 1, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation proclaiming “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” There were a few problems with that: Lincoln did not free those persons held in slavery in NORTHERN states. At that time, Lincoln had no authority over the Confederate states, which considered
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.
Just before sunset on February 23, 1836, Launcelot Smithers slipped out of the Alamo and spurred his horse 76 miles to Gonzales. He carried a note from Col. Travis to Alcalde Ponton: The enemy in large force is in sight. We want men and provisions. Send them to us. We have 150 men and are determined to defend the Alamo to the last. Give us assistance. P.S. Send an express to San Felipe
How many patriots does it take to make a difference? In Texas, it was only 18. That’s how many men went out to meet over 100 Mexican dragoons who came to take their weapons.
Alcalde was the title of the government official who acted as mayor of towns in early Texas. I wish I could tell you that the Hotel Alcalde in Gonzales is named for the last alcalde of the town, but it’s not. Aref Droupy, who built the hotel in 1926, chose the name because it reminded him of a courtyard he once visited at a little villa in Mexico City. In its own right,
Gonzales, capital city of the DeWitt Colony, was named in honor of Rafael Gonzales, Governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila Y Tejas.
James Kerr was a man of many talents. During his lifetime, he worked as a soldier, a sheriff, a congressional representative, a senator, an attorney, a surveyor, and a physician! He brought his wife and three children to Texas in 1825 and joined Stephen F. Austin’s colony as one of the Old Three Hundred original families. Sadly, his wife and two of his children died of cholera within