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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Casas Reales

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2010
1. The Casas Reales Marker
Inscription.  On site chosen July 2, 1731, for "government houses" by people of San Fernando de Bexar, including newly-arrived settlers from the Canary Islands. Structure, erected 1742, had to be rebuilt in 1779 by Don Jose Antonio Curbelo, alcalde of the Villa San Fernando de Bexar. A jail was erected to the south in 1783.

From commanding position of Casas Reales on Main Plaza were read official proclamations, to the roll of drums. A noted visitor in 1807 was Lt. Zebulon M. Pike, freed after arrest on upper Rio Grande while exploring Louisiana Purchase for the United States. Briefly in 1813 over the Cases Reales flew the green flag of the rebel Republican Army of the North, formed to free Mexico from Spain's rule. Aided by the Baron de Bastrop, Moses Austin in December 1820 initiated the Anglo-American colonization of Texas by filing his petition and plans with the governor and cabildo (council) in Casas Reales. Santa Anna arrived here February 23, 1836, to press the siege of the Alamo. The bloody "Council House Fight" between Texian leaders and Comanche chiefs occurred here on March 19, 1840.

The building served as municipal headquarters
Casas Reales Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
2. Casas Reales Marker
under Spanish, Mexican, Republic of Texas, and American regimes, but were vacated in 1850 by the city.
 
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 748.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWar, Texas IndependenceWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 29° 25.462′ N, 98° 29.588′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and West Main Plaza, on the left when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Council House (a few steps from this marker); San Antonio: The Flavor of Its Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Plaza - Plaza de las Islas (within shouting distance of this marker); Justice's Court (within shouting distance of this marker); The Storming of Bexar (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Plaza Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Reaffirming the Miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Casas Reales Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2010
3. The Casas Reales Marker
On right, in shadow of pole.
(within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio River Walk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Also see . . .
1. Council House Fight, Handbook of Texas Online. Site of Council House Fight, 1840 (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Battle of Plum Creek. The Battle of Plum Creek between Texians and Comanches was one of a series of key events resulting from the Council House Fight which occurred at the Casas Reales. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Casas Reales image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, 1999
4. Casas Reales
Site of Council House Fight between Texians and Comanches, 1840. Marker on wall. Photo looking east.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,874 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on April 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on June 28, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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