Capturing the spirit of Texas, San Antonio is a must visit for history buffs. From its Native American occupation, discovery by Spanish explorers, old missions, the Battle of the Alamo, and the Old West, 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.
We hope you enjoy travelling through time with the visitors and citizens of this great city through, postcards, bank notes, books and maps from a time gone by.