Spanish Settlement in Texas


Texas History The Spanish and Mexican Eras Spanish Settlement in Texas
Students learn about the types of Spanish settlements in Texas: missions, towns (pueblos), and ranches. They work in small groups to research a specific mission. Then they learn about the early history of San Antonio and about the conflicts that arose between missionaries and private ranchers.

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In this experience, students learn about the types of Spanish settlements in Texas: missions, towns (pueblos), and ranches. They work in small groups to research a specific mission. Then they learn about the early history of San Antonio and about the conflicts that arose between missionaries and private ranchers.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 through scene 4.

Objectives:

  • Explain how Spanish settlements—missions, towns, and ranches—were established in Texas.
  • Identify important issues related to Spanish settlements.


Between 1632 and 1793, Catholic men, named Friars, came to Texas with the charge of spreading their religion to the native Indians who resided in the area. The Friars, sponsored by the Spanish government who wanted more land to call their own, built many missions and presidios. Many of these missions grew into larger cities that are still around today. The names of many of the cities, towns, rivers and areas around Texas have Spanish names because of these expeditioners.

Objectives:

  • Explain how Spanish settlements—missions, towns, and ranches—were established in Texas.
  • Identify important issues related to Spanish settlements.




Mission Concepción, San Antonio


Post at least one place in Texas with a name that originated from Spanish. To list more than one, separate them with a comma, like this: Washington, London.

Post your answer

Some possible answers include:

  • Cities: San Antonio, El Paso, Plano, Amarillo
  • Rivers: Guadalupe, Rio Grande, Nueces
  • Counties: Bexar, Blanco, Llano


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