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.
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.