• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

A New God and King

After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king.

Did You Know?

The Yanaguana Trail at Mission San Juan

The Yanaguana Trail at Mission San Juan takes visitors to a small section of the San Antonio River that has not been channelized over the years. The trail is 1/3 of a mile in length and is accessible.