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In celebration of the city’s Tricentennial, the Texas State Historical Association is proud to present this special e-Book, San Antonio: 300 Years of History. Drawn from the resources of the Handbook of Texas and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, this compilation offers a sampling of some of the many places, people, and events that have shaped the colorful history of the Alamo City. San Antonio has played a vital role in the formation of Texas—from the founding of Mission San Antonio de Valero in 1718 to the poignant conflict of the Texas Revolution. The Alamo City’s rich heritage also includes a remarkable diversity of ethnicities underscoring its standing as a crossroads of cultures. This diversity is reflected in the industry, art, architecture, music, festivals, and cuisine of the city and creates the unique ambience that San Antonio proudly carries today.

In San Antonio: 300 Years of History, you will learn more about some of the Alamo City’s most treasured landmarks as well as the people and events that have forged the ongoing story of this dynamic city:

  • The strong bonds with the United States military with the establishment of installations such as Fort Sam Houston and Kelly Air Force Base.
  • The city’s rich tapestry of the arts and music which includes the ornate Majestic Theatre (first fully air-conditioned theater in Texas) and sculptor Dionicio Rodríguez’s beautiful and intricate concrete art seen throughout Brackenridge Park and other areas of San Antonio.
  • Learn how San Antonio’s West Side Sound, a unique musical genre combining elements of rock-and-roll, conjunto, country, and blues, fostered its own kind of civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Milestones of tourism—the historic legacy of San Pedro Springs Park, the development of the River Walk, and how HemisFair ’68 introduced San Antonio to the world.

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