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San Antonio

San Antonio, whose site was first explored by the Spanish in 1691, was permanently established on the horseshoe bend of the Rio San Antonio de Padua (the Indian name of the river was Yanaguana) in 1718. The original name of the settlement was the Villa de Béxar (Hispanics pronounce this as "Bay-har," but the local Anglos pronounce it "Bay-er"), but two settlements grew and eventually coalesced. Villa de Béxar, centered around Military Plaza, became known as the Presidio de Béxar, while a second settlement, Villa de San Fernando, grew around Main Plaza. As the two settlements grew toward each other and then together, they gradually acquired the common name from the first mission, the Mission San Antonio de Valero (founded in 1718, this mission is today more commonly known as The Alamo).

San Antonio's other missions are Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo (founded 1720), Mission Concepcion de San Francisco Javier de Nájera (founded 1722), Mission San Francisco de la Espada (1731), and Mission San Juan Capistrano (1731). By 1767, the combined settlements were officially known as San Antonio de Béxar. In 1772, it became the capital of the Spanish Province of Texas.

San Antonio Links

Brackenridge Park
City of San Antonio Government
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
Culture and Tourism in San Antonio
Edwards Aquifer
Event Calendars for San Antonio
Heart of San Antonio
Hemisfair Park
Institute of Texas Culture
Map of San Antonio
McNay Art Museum
Relocate to San Antonio
Rental Property Database Search
SA Today
San Antonio Botanical Gardens
San Antonio Calendar of Events
San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio Golfing Guide
San Antonio Home Page
San Antonio Hotels
San Antonio -- My Hometown
San Antonio Museum of Art
Texas Tourism: San Antonio, TX
The San Antonio Spurs
Visitors Bureau Golfing Guide
Visitor's Guide to San Antonio
Welcome or Bienvenidos
What's Happening in San Antonio
Zip Code Business Guide

The Alamo Links

The Alamo
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo
The Second Flying Company of Alamo de Parras
Battle of the Alamo
Remember the Alamo
The Alamo
Thirteen Days of Glory

A Few Texas Links

City.Net Texas
Fun Things to Do in Texas
It's Happening in Texas!
Lone Star Junction
Roughstock's History of Country Music
South Texas Outdoor Recreation Pages
State of Texas Government
Texas Gallery
Texas Hill Country Life Online
Texas Monthly
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Resource Listing
Texas Screen Saver
Texas Through Time
Texas Cities and Towns

Texas Cooking Traditions' Links

Barbeque'n on the Internet
Cajun Recipes
Chile-Heads Home Page
Creole and Cajun Recipes
Hot and Spicy
Texas' Best Beef Recipes
Texas Cooking
Texas Foods

Last update was November 3rd, 2000.


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