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Near Devine in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Spanish Exploration in Medina County

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
1. Spanish Exploration in Medina County Marker
Inscription. By 1531 Spain ruled present Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, half of South America, and much of the United States. The desire to claim new lands north of the Rio Grande led to continuous Spanish expeditions through present Texas during the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries.

The expedition of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca traveled through Texas between 1526 and 1537, exploring and mapping the unknown territory. Later Spanish expeditions, which established missions, presidios (forts), and townships, included those led by Alonso de Leon; Father Manuel de la Cruz; Father Juan LaRios and Fernando del Bosque; Domingo Teran de los Rios; and Father Isidro de Espinosa.

At least twenty Spanish expeditions led by soldiers, missionaries, and settlers crossed present Medina County before 1844. Detailed descriptions of the area appear in the official accounts of many of the expeditions. Many of the county's geographical features retain the names given them by Spanish explorers of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. Spanish names associated with early settlements, sites, rivers, and streams serve as reminders of the rich Spanish heritage of the area now known as Medina County.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4997.)
 
Location.
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By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
2. Spanish Exploration in Medina County Marker
29° 9.957′ N, 98° 56.34′ W. Marker is near Devine, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is on State Highway 173, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Devine TX 78016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charco de la Pita (here, next to this marker); Moore Catholic Cemetery (approx. 8.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Lytle (approx. 9.6 miles away); Lytle Methodist Church (approx. 9.7 miles away); Atascosa Lodge No. 379, A.F. and A.M. (approx. 9.7 miles away); Benton City Cemetery (approx. 10 miles away); Sand Branch Baptist Church (approx. 13.3 miles away); Moye (approx. 13½ miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Spanish Texas - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 

2. Exploration - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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