Texas Missions

  • First Missions

    The first missionary journeys into Texas came from the west, where the Franciscans had begun christinizing the Indian pueblos around Santa Fe soon after it was made the capital of New Mexico in 1610
  • First Mission

    First Mission is estabished near present day San Angelo.
  • New Mission

    Shortly after the beginning of 1659, the Senecú mission was believed to have been successfully built and established.
  • El Paso Missions

    The first missionary efforts in the whole area of El Paso del Norte were on the Rio Grande in the 1630s. After failed attempts, a temporary church was built in 1656 and a successful mission was founded in 1659.
  • Spanish kicked from New Mexico

    The Natives at Sante Fe kicked the Spanish out and the Spanish has to settle in the El Paso Region.
  • Le Salle

    Le Salle's exploration catches Spain's attention, and reignites Spanish exploration in Texas.
  • Mission re-established

    Nuestro Padre San Francisco de los Tejas was re-established.
  • New mission established

    La Purísima Concepción was made in Nacogdoches County with Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches and San José de los Nazonis
  • New mission established

    San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established.
  • French Incursions

    French incursions from Louisiana caused all the East Texas missions to be temporarily vacated in 1719, but the missions were soon restored in 1721.
  • Mission Established

    San José y San Miguel de Aguayo was established.
  • Several Mission's get moved

    La Purísima Concepción, San Francisco de los Neches and San José de los Nazonis were all moved near present day Austin.
  • Big Project

    In 1749, a major founding project started along the Rio Grande and 4 major towns were founded in the process.
  • Counter the French

    To counter the influence of the French in Texas, the Spanish established Nuestra Señora de la Luz del Orcoquisac a mission in 1756 on the Trinity River in Chambers County.
  • Two more Missions

    Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria del Cañon, began in January of 1762. It took its name from its predecessor that had been among the San Xavier missions.
  • Final Mission

    The final mission created in Texas was Nuestra Señora del Refugio on the fourth of February, 1793