Spanish Settlement of Texas. Which two countries claimed ownership of Texas in the late 1600’s?. Which country do you think had the better claim to owning Texas?. O nce upon a time, there was a wondrous, magical land called Texas. Louisiana: aka “Louisiana” Owned by France.
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Which country do you think had the better claim to owning Texas?
Louisiana: aka “Louisiana”
Owned by France
Texas: aka “New Spain”
Owned by Spain
Gulf o’ Mexico
Owned by the Sharks
Mexico: aka “New Spain”
Owned by Spain
We have owned Texas for 200years and have nothing to show for it. No towns. No gold. Other countries think Texas is free for the takin’.
(make sure Senor Terry tells you his Elizabeth story)
The King of Spain had a problem...
Why hadn’t Spain built cities in Texas?
I am a typical Spanish rancher. I would like to move to Texas and raise cattle and horses with my family. But if I do…
The King knew that if he sent people to live in Texas, then this is what might happen…
Louisiana was full of French trappers hoping to cross over into Texas to hunt, settle, and trade with the Indians.
The Indians preferred the French over the Spanish.
Indians weren’t Spain’s only concern…
How could Spain fix these two problems? By building missions…
Oh no you di-ant!
A Spanish mission was a settlement run by Franciscan Friars (Catholic priests).
They invited the Indians to live there.
The priests taught the Indians the Spanish language, Spanish culture, ranching, farming, and the Catholic religion.
To strengthen their control over Texas.
To keep the French out of Texas.
To teach the Indians the Spanish culture.
To make Texas safer for Spanish people to live there.
I love farming!
I’d much rather do this than run around naked hunting buffalo!
Who wants to hunt
and fish all day
when you can go to
school and work
for Spanish people
Stay out of Texas, you dirty Frenchmen!
If the missions succeeded, then this might be the result…
I’d rather learn Spanish than steal horses!
Hola! Me llamo Francisco!
Oh boy! Now I can take my family to live in Texas! It is much safer!
But if the missions failed….
Here, Mr. Indian. Have some boom-boom sticks to fight the Spanish.
Come live at our mission…You will have food…clothing…shelter. In 5-7 years you will ‘graduate’ and receive a farm of your own!
Why would an Indian go live in a Spanish mission?
Acequia: man-made canal that brought water to the mission
Mission Ranch- sheep, horses, cows, pigs.
Fields- corn, squash, pumpkins, beans, cotton etc.
There are many missions still standing in Texas...However, usually only the chapels remain...The walls and other buildings are mostly gone. Why?
The “Rose Window” at the Mission San Jose in San Antonio. This is an example of the nice architecture found at some missions.
What did Indians learn at a Spanish mission?
Which tribes would most likely find mission life attractive?
What are some potential problems that you see with the mission idea?
If you were in charge of a mission, what is something you would do to make it a success?
A presidio was a Spanish fort.
The presidio protected the mission from enemy attack. The soldiers also taught Indians to protect the mission. Soldiers also caught runaway Indians.
(Presidios were usually too small and too far away from the mission to do their job.)
Spanish for the Texas Indian
Each mission grew all of its food. Priests and Indians worked in the fields to grow corn, squash, beans, and other vegetables! If the crops didn’t grow, there was a good chance the mission would not succeed!
Work faster! We must have corn for the winter! And watch out for Comanche! We are sitting ducks here!
This is strange...I’m
used to living like a nomad…not staying in the same place all of the time!
Show: Learn Spanish
The main purpose of a mission was to teach the Indians to be Spanish. Therefore, the Indians had to go to school. They learned to read and write and speak the Spanish language.
Each mission had a ranch. Indians raised meat to eat and sheep’s wool to make clothing and blankets.
One of the most important things that missions contributed to Texas culture were the first ranches. Spanish missions introduced ranching to Texas: Each mission had a ranch that raised cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, etc. The Indians helped raise the animals. They were the first cowboys!
I teach the Indians to be Catholic. I also baptize them to wash away their sins. Sometimes I get the feeling that they don’t really understand what I am trying to teach them!
Now I am a Catholic, just like the priests! I have to memorize and recite a bunch of prayers!
Mission System failed.
Missions grew their own food! A drought could doom a mission!
Germs spread quickly at missions, causing epidemics. (Think about school- germs spread quickly here- same thing.)
Reason #2 Disease
I like my old religion, language, way of life, food, house, and woo-hoo cloth better!
Big deal. The mission system was a failure. Why do we need to know about it?
1. Without missions, there would be no San Antonio.
2. Spanish missionaries named many rivers
3. The Alamo was a mission- there would have been no battle of the Alamo
4. The missions brought cattle, horses, and ranching to Texas
5. The missions failed, which meant that Spain decided to let Americans try and settle Texas.
My friend Running Fox was the shepherd. We found him floating in the creek, murdered and scalped! Being a shepherd is dangerous! I hope they don’t make me do it!
Keep a good eye on those
sheep. The Comanche killed 5
more last night.
viceroy: a governor who rules over an area of land for the king
presidio: a Spanish fort that protected Spanish missions and towns
acequia: a man-made ditch that brought water from a river to a mission
catechism: a set of questions and answers about the Catholic religion that Indians living at a mission had to memorize
epidemic: a widespread disease that kills a lot of people