Longhorns and mustangs aren’t originally from Texas. Here’s how we got them
SAN ANTONIO – Mustangs and longhorns are very common in Texas, but they’ve been around a lot longer than the state itself. When explorers like Christopher Columbus started their expeditions to the “New World” they brought along this livestock with them. It wouldn’t be for almost another hundred years before these animals would be brought into the Texas area through a process called “seed stock”. AdWith the success of the seed stock, the first Tejano ranches are created around 1741. At one point according to old mission records the ranch had over a thousand head of cattle and over 30 horses.
San Juan Bautista is considered the mother of all Texas missions and gateway to our state
SAN ANTONIO – Once considered the “gateway” to Texas, San Juan Bautista is known as the mother of all Texas missions. It was founded on Jan. 1, 1700, and was located in present-day Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico, about 35 miles from Eagle Pass, Texas. The mission was important to San Antonio history as Governor Martin de Alarcón launched his founding expedition of the Alamo City in 1718 from San Juan Bautista and in 1731 soldiers from the mission escorted Canary Islanders to San Antonio. Its name is now just a part of Tejano history, but for more than a hundred years it was a gateway to a new land. Read more about Tejano History:
Four districts contribute to early development, establishment of Texas
SAN ANTONIO – Before Texas even became what it is now, in its early development there weren’t any counties or borders but instead four very important districts. Spain’s development of the Texas region into New Spain is part of the founding of Texas and the American Southwest. “The four districts contribute to the development of the entire geography of Texas,” Rodriguez said. These districts, through the years, would begin to flourish and grow, becoming pioneers in ranching and strongholds for the military. Not only did these districts contribute to the development of the state but they show the deep roots Tejanos have within Texas.
Historic trail system in Texas played major role in San Antonio’s development
SAN ANTONIO – Before cars and highways, people followed El Camino Real de los Tejas to travel between Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. That trail played a key part in making San Antonio the city it is today. The trail system starts around Laredo and near Eagle Pass, goes up through San Antonio and into eastern Texas into Louisiana. The importance of this trail system is why El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association was created to help preserve and mark it. Related:‘Hispanics have an incredible history that hasn’t been told’: San Antonio businessman creates website about Tejano history