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

Captain Domingo Ramon

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, April 10, 2021
1. Captain Domingo Ramon Marker
Inscription.  Captain Domingo Ramon (d. 1723) was the son of Captain Diego Ramon (d. 1724), the commandant of the Presidio San Juan Bautista (Presidio del Rio Grande). In 1715, the Spanish authorities appointed Domingo Ramon to establish a presidio and four missions in Tejas (present day East Texas). The subsequent entrada, called the Ramon-Espinosa expedition, was the second attempt by Spain to form a permanent settlement in the province of Tejas. Spanish authorities intended the presidio to prevent the expansion of illicit French trade into the Texas frontier. When Ramon reached the Neches River in 1716, he established the first site of the Presidio Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Tejas and four missions within two weeks of arrival. He then established two more missions after initial settlement. The native inhabitants of the region, the Hasinai Caddo (Tejas) nation, tolerated the presence of the presidio and cooperated with Spanish authorities to repel the French.

Ramon's tenure at Presidio Dolores came to an end when its easternmost mission, San Miguel, was attacked in 1719 by French Lt. Philippe Blondel, commandant of Fort Saint Jean Baptiste.
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By Brian Anderson, April 10, 2021
2. Captain Domingo Ramon Marker
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Despite the minor nature of the attack, members of the presidio and its six missions abandoned East Texas for the safety of San Antonio de Bexar. Ramon never returned to Presidio Dolores. He continued his career at the Presidio Nuestra Senora de Loreto located on La Bahia del Espiritu Santo (Matagorda Bay). The Ramon-Espinosa expedition facilitated the establishment of El Camino Real de los Tejas, arguably the most important route for travel in Texas during the Spanish colonial period.
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18270.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraHispanic Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1715.
 
Location. 31° 36.103′ N, 94° 39.382′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is on South Pecan Street 0.1 miles south of East Pilar Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nacogdoches TX 75965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor Martin de Alarcon in East Texas (here, next to this marker); Governor Marquis de San Miguel de Aguayo (here, next to this marker); Angelina (here, next to this marker); Franciscan Friars in East Texas (here, next to this marker); Chas. Hoya Land Office
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Home in Texas Owned by General Sam Houston (about 400 feet away); Gladys Hampton Building (about 400 feet away); Sam Houston's First Home in Texas (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
 
Also see . . .  Ramón, Domingo (unknown–1723) - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.

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