by Carol M.Highsmith, 2005.
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Capturing the spirit of
is a Mecca for history buffs. From its
American occupation, discovery by Spanish explorers, old
Battle of the Alamo, and the
the history and attractions of this beautiful city can entertain its
visitors for days.
When the area was first explored by Spanish
expeditions in 1691 and 1709, the region was already occupied by a small
Indian community established in the San Pedro Springs area, call Yanaguana. The first Spanish explorers gave the San Antonio
River its name because it was the feast day of St. Anthony.
The actual founding
of the city came in 1718 by Father Antonio Olivares, when he
established Mission San Antonio de Valero.