Presidio La Bahia and Spring Wildflowers

The walled bastion Presidio la Bahia, a National Historic Landmark, is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, and stands across the San Antonio River from Mission Expiritu Santo. Both were built in 1749, and together they represent one of North America's few surviving examples of a Spanish Colonial crown and church community.

 

Colonel James W. Fannin and his men were imprisioned here after their surrender, until their execution at Santa Anna's order one week later. Even a person with a casual interest in history should be absolutely enthralled by this place and the many stories it has to tell.

 

 

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Taken in April 2004