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250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio

 
 
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By R. C.
1. 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio Marker
Inscription. Area was first explored and named by Spaniards in 1691. Colonial settlement began here May 1-5, 1718, with founding of Franciscan Mission San Antonio de Valero (later known as "The Alamo"). In vicinity of the mission was the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, named for one of the great heroes of Spain, the Duc de Bexar, brother of the viceroy of New Spain.

The place was renamed San Fernando de Bexar, 1731, when it became a municipality -- the first in all of Texas, but the name "San Antonio" persisted. Today it is San Antonio in the County of Bexar.

In its lifetime it has given allegiance to nine governments and from 1772 to 1824 it served as the provincial and territorial capital of Texas.

Hemisfair 68 -- A World's Fair held here April 6 to October 6, 1968 on the 250th anniversary of the birth of the City of San Antonio -- Had as it theme "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas." It originated as a tribute to the diverse peoples who have occupied the western hemisphere from pre-Columbian Indians who were the first known inhabitants, proud Spanish Conquerors and devout padres, the pioneering American setters and the immigrants from many different lands.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
 
Location.
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By R. C.
2. 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio Marker
29° 25.406′ N, 98° 29.231′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Alamo Street and Commerce Street on Alamo Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Torch of Friendship (a few steps from this marker); Commerce Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); 141st Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Beyer (about 300 feet away); Father of the River Walk (about 300 feet away); The Acequias of San Antonio (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Categories. Political SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2010
3. 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio Marker
Former Dillard's Department Store in background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,043 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on June 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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