Day 45 & Rest Day 46
Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
58Trip End May 21, 2010
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Total - 800km
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States with a population of 1.3 millions and the second-largest city in the state of Texas. The city was named after the Portuguese saint St. Anthony, whose feast day is on June 13, the same day a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691.
It was the capital of the Spanish province of Tejas, in Mexico. Mexico achieved independence in 1821 and American settlers, at the invitation of the Mexican government, began to settle in Texas in areas northeast of San Antonio.
In 1824 the then governor Antonio de Santa Anna rescinded the Mexican constitution. Resistance grew and Anglo Texans (Texians) in San Antonio called for the return to the constitution and threw the Mexican forces out. Eventually in 1836 Santa Anna marched on San Antonio. Davy Crockett, and his company of Tennesseans, along with Hispanic Texan volunteers occupied and fortified the deserted mission, the Alamo, determined to hold San Antonio against all opposition. They wanted to re-instate democracy. The Battle of the Alamo took place from February 23 to March 6, 1836. Everyone was either killed or captured and executed. The deaths of these "Martyrs to Texas Independence" inspired greater resistance to Santa Anna's regime, and the cry "Remember the Alamo" became the rallying point of the Texas Revolution. Texas independence was finally attained at the Battle of San Jacinto the following April. The Alamo, which in 1836 was across the San Antonio River from the city, is now an integral part of downtown. The Alamo is maintained as a shrine and museum and across the street from the rear of Alamo is the world famous Crockett Hotel, named after the legendary pioneer Davy Crockett. In 1845 the United States annexed Texas and included it as a state in the Union. Until the first railroad reached San Antonio, in 1877, the city was very much an isolated frontier town.
Some believe the American cowboy originated in San Antonio because it was there that Spanish and Mexican techniques of herding cattle on horseback were transferred to Anglo-American cattle ranchers.
When we are there the temperature will range from15-27 degs.