Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Born at Presidio La Bahía del Espíritu Santo in 1762, Manuel Becerra played a significant role in the settlement and politics of the region. Becerra and his wife, Juana María Cadena, and their two daughters, María Josefa and Gertrudis, were leading citizens of La Bahía. In 1820, Antonio María Martínez, the last Spanish governor of Texas, called for the formation of the ayuntamiento of La Bahía as required in the Spanish Constitution of 1812. The ayuntamiento, or town council, included Manuel Becerra, who was elected its first secretary.
Becerra's involvement with colonization efforts came the following year, as he was selected to accompany Stephen F. Austin to the Colorado River to find a suitable site for Austin's first colony. His friendship with empresario Martín de León led to his eventual responsibility within de León's Guadalupe Colony in 1827, when de León placed Becerra in charge of the colony's political and business affairs. The same year, Becerra helped negotiate a treaty with the Coco and Karankawa tribes to enhance peace and stability in the region. In 1832, Becerra received a land grant of 8,856 acres in what is now Refugio County and later assisted colonizer James Power in the colonization of the Power Colony at Villa de Refugio.
As a citizen under the flags of Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and
Erected 2001 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12499.)
Location. 28° 38.868′ N, 97° 22.991′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is on Calle Cinco de Mayo south of Camino de Bexar, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on Calle Cinco de Mayo south of Camino de Bexar and across the street from the south end of the presidio's west wall. The presidio is south of the San Antonio River and Goliad State Park - accessible off Spur 71 east of S. Jefferson Street (U.S. Hwy. 183/77Alt). Marker is in this post office area: Goliad TX 77963, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (within shouting distance of this marker); General Ignacio Zaragoza (within shouting distance of this marker); Angel of Goliad (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Bahía Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grave of Colonel J. W. Fannin and His Men (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zúñiga (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mission Nuestra Senora Del Espiritu Santo De Zuniga (approx. 0.7 miles away); Judge James Arthur White and the Civilian Conservation Corps at Goliad State Park (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goliad.
Also see . . .
1. Manuel Becerra Marker dedication. (Submitted on September 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Tejanos. (Submitted on October 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. New Spain; Tejano.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Hispanic Americans • Politics • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,690 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.