Timeline of Texas History The Spanish royal administration closely coordinated all missionary activity in the New World.
A friary was built inand the church was completed in 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. Visitors can view a working loom in the Contact Station at Mission Espada.
Visit Mission Espada on Tuesday afternoons to view live weaving demonstrations! The Espada Aqueduct was constructed in by Franciscans to serve Mission Espada and the surrounding area.
The Espada Aqueduct brought water traveling in an acequia from the San Antonio River over a low elevation creek, to maintain the elevation and potential energy of the water. This potential energy would carry the water from its original exit point on the San Antonio River to the farmlands of Mission Espada.
The acequia system at Mission Espada is the most complete and original acequia system at the park.San Antonio Mission Trail Ride & Mission Espada Description The Norman Rider's first major training ride in San Antonio, preparing for Conquer The Coast , takes him to the San Antonio River and Mission Espada.
In , the mission transferred to the San Antonio River area and renamed Mission San Francisco de la Espada. A friary was built in , and the church was completed in Following government policy, Franciscan missionaries sought to make life within mission communities closely resemble that of Spanish villages and Spanish culture/5(9).
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Oct 24, · Mission Espada is one of the 5 frontier missions built by Spanish missionaries in the early 18th century and now designated as UNESCO heritage sites.
Found in as Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, it was the oldest church in Texas, but the current church was built in after the mission relocated to the present location TripAdvisor reviews. Four Missions. There are four missions in the National Park. From north to south: Mission Concepcion, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada.
Mission San Francisco de la Espada Mission San Francisco de la Espada (also Mission Espada) is a Roman Rite Catholic mission established in by Spain in present-day San Antonio, Texas, in what was then known as northern New Spain.