Mission San Francisco de la Espada - San Antonio, Texas by Terence Russell

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One of two recent shots I took of this mission. The other is from a different perspective.

Canon EOS Rebel Ti1
Tamron 18-270mm lens

Tripod, 3 RAW images, Photomatix Pro 4.2

Info from National Park Service

Mission Espada

Mission San Francisco de la Espada

Founded in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas near present-day Weches, Texas, this was the first mission in Texas. In 1731, the mission transferred to the San Antonio River area and renamed Mission San Francisco de la Espada. A friary was built in 1745, and the church was completed in 1756.

Following government policy, Franciscan missionaries sought to make life within mission communities closely resemble that of Spanish villages and Spanish culture. In order to become Spanish citizens and productive inhabitants, Native Americans learned vocational skills. As plows, farm implements, and gear for horses, oxen, and mules fell into disrepair, blacksmithing skills soon became indispensable. Weaving skills were needed to help clothe the inhabitants. As buildings became more elaborate, mission occupants learned masonry and carpentry skills under the direction of craftsmen contracted by the missionaries.

After secularization, these vocational skills proved beneficial to post-colonial growth of San Antonio. The legacy of these Native American artisans is still evident throughout the city of San Antonio today.

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  • Aaron Murgatroyd
    Aaron Murgatroydabout 1 year ago

    Wow, lovely shot Terence! Great colours!

  • Thanks so much Aaron for appreciating my work.

    – Terence Russell

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 1 year ago

  • Thanks, Philip. I thought this one turned out well.

    – Terence Russell

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