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

Vicinity of site: “Mision de las Cabras”

("Mission of the Goats")

 
 
Vicinity of site: "Mision de las Cabras" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 22, 2014
1. Vicinity of site: "Mision de las Cabras" Marker
Inscription. A fortified visita of Mission Espada, founded 1731 in San Antonio. Situated near Paso de las Mujeres ("Crossing of the Women"), an important ford on the San Antonio River, known to most parties obliged to travel between Mexico and San Antonio. Meadowland along the river and near the crossing was used to pasture cattle owned by Mission Espada. Indians under Espada's protection were kept here to herd the cattle. For the care of souls of the herdsmen, a chapel was built. The 1895 guide, "San Antonio at a Glance", described the Old Cabras site as a 2-acre, diamond-shaped lot with bastions at each end.

After secularization of the missions in 1794, lands here were owned by one of the descendants of Spain's colonists from the Canary Islands, Ignacio Calvillo. In turn, the Cabras site was inherited by Calvillo's flamboyant daughter, Dona Maria del Carmen (born in 1765). Noted for her independent spirit, she forsook her husband, Gavino Delgado, and personally managed the ranch, her long black hair flying in the wind as she rode a great white horse. She kept down Indian troubles by paying tribute in beef. In her time and for a century afterward Old Mission Cabras remained in use for rites of the Church.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Location.
Vicinity of site: "Mision de las Cabras" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 22, 2014
2. Vicinity of site: "Mision de las Cabras" Marker
View of marker on County Road 132, just off SH 97. Note locked gate. Tours of this site are available. See link to National Park Service web page.
29° 6.515′ N, 98° 10.525′ W. Marker is in Floresville, Texas, in Wilson County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 97 and County Route 132, on the left when traveling south on State Highway 97. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Floresville TX 78114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Old Town: Lodi (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cemetery of Canary Islanders (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Dona Maria del Carmen, referenced on this marker is buried at the nearby Cemetery of the Canary Islanders
 
Also see . . .
1. Rancho de las Cabras. Texas Beyond History article. Describes archaeological work that has been done at the site. (Submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Tour of Rancho de las Cabras. Details on National Park Service tours of this site that are available. (Submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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