SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS and The Alamo, Presidio La Bahia (Goliad) & El Camino Real, TX

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano and Espada. Frontier missions were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. Built in the mid to late 1700's, these four missions are active catholic parishes holding regular services. Discover and explore the importance of this critical part of America's history.

The Alamo, perhaps the most widely known of the missions (though not currently a National Park), became the focal point for the Battle of the Alamo, where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Although The Alamo fell March 6, 1836, the death of The Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty.

Presidio La Bahia (Goliad), El Camino Real de Los Tejas...

The Goliad Massacre, though not as salient as the battle of The Alamo, it garnered support for the cause against Mexico and contributed greatly to the independence of the Republic of Texas.  El Camino Real fostered frontier settlement and development along it's length that originally extended from Louisiana, through Texas to Mexico City, Mexico. Also featuring stone restoration efforts and San Antonio Riverwalk.