Arches Mission San Jose


Gresham, United States

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In the photograph, Arches Mission San Jose, the arches frame a pathway into the light. Perhaps, this was the hope of those early founders of the mission, although it may not have been the outcome for many of the indigenous peoples that lived here. This mission is in San Antonio, Texas.
The Arches Mission San Jose photo was taken at one of San Antonio Spanish Missions, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo. Established in 1720, it was known as the Queen of the Missions due to the size and organization of the complex mission complex and the village that served as a major social center that surrounded it. Directed by skilled artisans imported from New Spain, the massive stone Spanish Colonial architecture was actually built by the indigenous residents of the mission.
The Spanish began exploring north of the Rio Grande in the 1600s, crossing into areas inhabited by the Tejas Indians, for whom Texas is named. By the 1700s, New Spain began concentrating more on spreading the Catholic faith among the indigenous peoples through the efforts of the Franciscans fathers. The Franciscans established a chain of missions along the San Antonio River in the 1700s. The first mission in this colonization effort is actually the most well-known today, the Alamo, established in 1718. Two years later, a second mission, San Jose, came into being. Three more missions followed suit in 1731; moved from East Texas where they were failing due to disease, drought and difficult relations with France. These five missions, along with a fort and a settlement flourished between 1747 and 1775. Seventy years later, European diseases, acculturation and intermarriage had decimated the indigenous population. By 1824, the missions were secularized and lands redistributed.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: and

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