Spanish Exploration and Missions in Texas

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In History
  • Jan 1st, 1519

    Pineda Maps the Texas Coast

    Pineda Maps the Texas Coast
    Alonso Alvarez de Pineda is the first explorer to map the Texas coast.
  • Nov 10th, 1528

    Cabeza de Vaca was Shipwrecked

    Cabeza de Vaca was Shipwrecked
    Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked on the coast of Texas near Galveston.
  • Jan 1st, 1541

    Coronado Passes through the Panhandle

    Coronado Passes through the Panhandle
    Franisco Vasquez de Coronado crosses through part of the Texas panhandle.
  • Jan 1st, 1581

    First Recorded Expidition Passes through the El Paso Area

    First Recorded Expidition Passes through the El Paso Area
    The first recorded expition, or entrada, passes through the El Paso area led by Antonio de Espejo
  • Onate holds the First Thanksgiving Feast

    Onate holds the First Thanksgiving Feast
    A ceremony of Thanksgiving was held near present-day El Paso by Juan de Onate and the Tigua Indians.
  • The First Missionaries Arrive in Texas

    The First Missionaries Arrive in Texas
    Two Spainsh missionaries traveled to San Angelo to instruct Jumano Indians about Christianity.
  • The Spanish Established Two Missions

    The Spanish Established Two Missions
    Fray Garcia and Fray Benito established the missions of San Fansisco de la Toma and La Soledad.
  • The Fisrt Spanish Missions were Established

    The Fisrt Spanish Missions were Established
    Spanish and allied Indians, fleeing from an uprising, establish three missoins in the El Paso area, including Corpus Christi de la Ysleta, Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion del Socorro, and San Antonio de Senesu.
  • La Salle Arrives in Texas

    La Salle Arrives in Texas
    Rene Robert Cavalier Siur de la Salle, looking for the mouth of the Mississippi River, arrives in Texas and establishes Fort Saint Louis. He is later killed by his crew on March 19, 1689
  • De Leon finds the ruins of Fort Saint Louis

    De Leon finds the ruins of Fort Saint Louis
    Spanish general Alonso de Leon finds the remains of Fort Saint Louis and, fearing French intentions to claim Spanish land, he begins to try and settle, and create missions.
  • Construction Begins on the First East Texas Mission

    Construction Begins on the First East Texas Mission
    The first East Texas mission was San Fransisco de las Tejas, near present day HOuston County. The mission closes in 1693.
  • The Spanish Build A Presidio

    The Spanish Build A Presidio
    The Spanish built the presidio Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Tejas to protect the East Texas Missions.
  • San Antonio de Valero is Established

    San Antonio de Valero is Established
    The San Antonio de Valero mission, of which the building is known as the Alamo was the chapel, is founded in San Antonio.
  • San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo mssion

    San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo mssion
    The San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo mission in founded near San Antonio de Valero.
  • Three East Texas Missions are Moved

    Three East Texas Missions are Moved
    Three East Texas missions are moved to San Antonio because of economic troubles. Thier new names are Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, San Fransisco de la Espada, and San Juan Capistrano.
  • Fifty Five Islanders Arrive in San Antonio

    Fifty Five Islanders Arrive in San Antonio
    Fifty Five Canary islanders arrive in San Antonio to establish a civillian settlement.
  • The First Election in Texas is Held

    The First Election in Texas is Held
    In the first election held in Texas, voters choose officials of the municipal government of San Fernando.
  • The Missions at San Antonio Produce Cotton

    The Missions at San Antonio Produce Cotton
    The missions at San Antonio are producing several thousand-pounds of cotton anually.
  • Santa Cruz de San Saba is destroyed

    Santa Cruz de San Saba is destroyed
    Santa Cruz de San Saba mision is destroyed and eight residents are killed by Comanches and their allies.
  • The First Recorded Texas Hurricane

    The First Recorded Texas Hurricane
    Texas' first recorded hurricane strikes near Galveston.
  • Settlers Establish a Civillian Community

    Settlers Establish a Civillian Community
    A group if settlers ked by Antonio Gil Y'baro establishes a civillian community near an abandoned mission site; a new town called Nacogdoches.