San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Trip Start May 27, 2009
Trip End Sep 19, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Franciscans established six missions along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s. Five of them flourished and, with the Villa de San Fernando (now known as the Alamo), became the foundation of the city of San Antonio. Today the missions are elegant reminders of the contribution of Indian and Hispanic peoples to the history of the United States.

The missions of San Antonio were far more than churches; they were communities. Each was a fortified village, with its own church, farm, and ranch. Here, Franciscan friars gathered native peoples, converted them to Catholicism, taught them to live as Spaniards, and helped maintain Spanish control over the Texas frontier.
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