A Quick History Of San Antonio

Before I moved to Los Angeles, I lived briefly in San Antonio, TX. Thanks to Cramp Law Firm PLLC I was able to get my visa and move around.

There’s a number of Texan cities with a rich history. Just ask any Texan, they’ll tell you all about it! From San Filipe to San Marcos, you can find a number of amazing areas with a rich history.

If there’s one part of Texan history that almost everyone knows, it’s the Alamo. But San Antonio is more than just the Alamo. There’s a number of other things that occurred in the creation of the city.

Still, the Alamo was the biggest part.

Where It Started

The area of San Antonio belonged to the Yanaguana tribe originally. They had settled in the San Pedro Springs area and had been living there for a number of years before the Spanish conquistadors came and took the land from them.

The Spanish came starting in 1691, and exploration of the area continued into 1709. However, the city proper wasn’t established until 1718.

San Antonio de Valera

In the year 1718, a man by the name of Father Antonio Olivares felt it important to drive out the local native culture and replace it with his own religious beliefs. To that end, he established San Antonio de Valera, a large mission. It didn’t take long before more began to spring up.

These missions were essentially church-run city-states. They would have living facilities, areas for soldiers to live, schools, and churches to aid in the subjugation of the indigenous people. The area grew, and by 1778 it had a population of around 2,000 people. Unfortunately, most people referred to it as a miserable place.

The Battle of the Alamo

By 1785, San Antonio de Valero ceased to be a residential building of any kind and became a military barracks. As the French began to expand their foothold on nearby territory, the Spanish began to establish more fortifications throughout their holdings.

San Antonio de Valero was one such fortification. However, it was not particularly well known until the Texas Revolution. In 1836, around 189 soldiers, most of them conscripts with only a few trained soldiers, managed to hold off around 4,000 Mexican troops. The Mexican army eventually won, but the fact that the defenders held for 13 days became a rallying moment for the rest of the revolution.

Since then, San Antonio has been a focal point for many eras of United States history. From the days of the Wild West to the CiviL War, San Antonio has always been part of American legend.

A Brief History Of Los Angeles

As the second largest city in the nation, Los Angeles and the surrounding metropolitan area are home to over 13 million people. The Southern California city has a rich history that has led to that staggering growth since it was originally established.

A Spanish explorer by the name Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed the land in 1542 though it wasn’t officially founded until 1781. Though it had been home to the Chumash and Tongva tribes, the land became property of Mexico when it won independence from Spain in 1821.

The Mexican-American War that took place in the 1840’s resulted in the sale of modern-day California to the United States of America. Soon, railroads hit the city and oil was discovered. The Los Angeles Aqueduct was constructed in the early 1910’s to provide water to the citizens of the city and encourage outlying communities to annex themselves in order to enjoy the refreshing water too.

While those things helped to give the city a boost in the early years, it was joining with already growing Hollywood that made a big impact. By the early 1920’s more than three-quarters of the films made worldwide were produced in this one little section of the nation. The popularity of the budding industry kept LA buffered from the harshest effects of the Great Depression. To this day the entertainment industry is heavily invested in the area.

As faithful Americans the citizens of Los Angeles rallied around the troops during World War Two. Several manufacturing outfits operated in the city producing ships, aircraft, and related components for the war. At the same time many of the popular entertainers went overseas in order to entertain the troops and keep boost morale.

Once the war was over the population soared. People of all walks of life flocked to the growing area, fueled in part by the growing highway system criss-crossing the nation.

Twice the city has seen racially fueled riots destroy lives and communities within the city. The first, Watts, occurred in 1965 and cost almost three dozen people their lives. Over one thousand more were injured. Twenty seven years later more than fifty people died after a jury acquitted white police officers who had assaulted an African-American man while being video taped.

The City of Angels continues to be home to a diverse and interesting population of people. Countless new artists move to LA every year in hopes of pursuing their creative dreams and contributing to the evolution of this amazing place!