Alexia's Fabulous Race To Texas

Why did the Europeans come to Texas? That is a good question, everything you need to know is right here.

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1519

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Sailing from a base in Jamaica, Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, a Spanish adventurer, was the first known European to explore and map the Texas coastline.

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1537

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In 1537, Cabeza de Vaca returned to Spain, he wrote his narratives of the Narvaez exploration.

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1682

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The year 1682 was an important one for two adventurous Europeans, French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and William Penn, an English Quaker. They also established the first Texas mission at Corpus Christi.

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1685

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The French colonization of Texas began with Fort Saint Louis in present-day southeastern Texas. It was established in 1685 near Arenosa Creek and Matagorda Bay by explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle.

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1689

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La Salle had set out from Canada in 1689, searching for a great river described by the Indians.

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1718

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The Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) is founded. 

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1731

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Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1731 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order, on the eastern banks of the San Antonio River in present day San Antonio, Texas.

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1782

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Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, known as the "Queen of the Missions," was the largest of the San Antonio missions in Texas. It was moved to its current location on the west bank of the San Antonio River around 1739. After several years of construction, the church was completed in 1782.

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1810

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On September 16, 1810, the priest of the town of Dolores, Miguel Hidalgo Costilla, declared himself in open rebel against Spanish rule frhis church, launching the Mexican War of Independence.



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