Otter visited the Alamo in San Antonio. The Alamo is a pretty important part of Texas history. “Remember the Alamo” becomes the battle cry for many Texas Soldiers fighting for Independence from Mexico. But the story of the Alamo begins many years before that war even took place.
The Alamo began as a Spanish Catholic Mission. The purpose of the missions was to convert the native peoples to Catholicism and also to being loyal to Spain. They did this by teaching them how to farm, blacksmith, and other skills that would improve their life. They also offered protection from other warring tribes.
It was decided that the area that is now San Antonio was a good location for such a mission. The permanent place for the mission in San Antonio was decided on in 1724. The church foundation was began in 1744. Missionaries and their Native American Converts lived at the mission for the next 70 years.
In 1793 the Mission was handed over to local authorities to control and it was no longer a Catholic mission. Eventually Spain began to use the former mission site as a military outpost to keep the French from taking any land.
Check back to see what else Otter learned about the Alamo!