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FALL 2012
exas is big, beautiful and diverse. It’s
easy to think of Texas as a whole country
– 1,280 kilometres wide and nearly
that far from north to south. The state
encompasses sunny seacoast to mile-
high mountains, dense forests to cactus-studded
desert, and great cities to small villages and towns.
Texas is the only state that was once a sovereign
nation…the republic of Texas…with its own armed
forces including a navy, currency and representatives
to the United States.
Arguably the state’s most beautiful city, San Antonio
has much to offer. Fantastic museums, San Antonio
River Walk, La Villita, HemisFair Park, Tower of
the Americas, El Mercado, KingWilliam Historic
District and, of course, the Alamo are but a few of
its highlights. And if you like the Alamo, you’ll love
the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park,
a chain of four 15th- and 16th-century Spanish
missions in and around the city.
Without the modern skyline of Houston or Dallas,
attractive and festive San Antonio looks nothing
like the stereotypical image of Texas, despite
being pivotal in the state’s history. Standing at
a geographical crossroads, it encompasses the
complex social and ethnic mixes of all Texas.
Although the Germans, among others, have made
strong cultural contributions, San Antonio’s heritage
is Hispanic. Though now the seventh-largest city in
the U.S., it retains a relaxing feel and is one of our
favourite places to spend a few days…or a week…or
Founded in 1691 by Spanish missionaries, San
Antonio became a military garrison in 1718 and was
settled by the Anglos in the 1720s and 1730s under
Stephen F. Austin’s colonization program.
San Antonio: An Enchanting City
Dedicated in 1755, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña stands proudly as the oldest non-restored stone church in America