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Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Don Rafael Antonio Manchola

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
1. Don Rafael Antonio Manchola Marker
Inscription.  Early Goliad leader Rafael Antonio Manchola was born to a Spanish aristocratic family circa 1800. In 1822, he arrived in La Bahia, and two years later he wed María de Jesús de Leon, daughter of empersario Martín de León and Patricia de la Garza. Manchola served as attorney and business agent for de León and became one of the region's principal advocates for its citizens. He became commander of the Presidio of Nuestra Señora de Loreto and in 1828 became state deputy in the Coahuila and Texas legislature. He also served as alcalde in Goliad.

During the 1829 legislature session, Manchola helped establish the municipality of Guadalupe Victoria. He also corresponded with Stephen F. Austin about Texas' welfare, and he declared his support for the separate statehood of Coahuila and Texas. That year he petitioned the state to change La Bahia's name to Goliad, an anagram of the name of Father Miguel Hidalgo, hero of the Mexican Revolution.

Throughout his career, Manchola's work included strong advocacy for democracy and for increasing Anglo settlement. In 1832, he planned to accompany William Wharton to Mexico City to petition for statehood
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By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
2. Don Rafael Antonio Manchola Marker
Manchola Marker in the foreground.
for Coahuila and Texas, but the trip was cancelled. The following July, he died of cholera during an epidemic, leaving behind his wife and seven-year-old daughter Francisca. Although his widow received several land grants, she and the de Leóns fled Texas due to anti-Mexican sentiment during the Texas Revolution, despite their connection to early support of settlement and independence.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13441.)
 
Location. 28° 39.948′ N, 97° 23.489′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is on South Market Street south of North Courthouse Square, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. In the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 127 North Courthouse Square, Goliad TX 77963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Regulators of Goliad County (a few steps from this marker); Santa Anna's Surrender Ratified (within shouting distance of this marker); Goliad County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hanging Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Goliad Tornado of 1902 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bull Durham Tobacco Wall Advertisement (about 400 feet away); Market House Museum (about 400 feet away); John Mason Brewer (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goliad.
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
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