San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Trip Start May 27, 2009
328Trip End Sep 18, 2013
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The missions of San Antonio were far more than churches; they were communities. Each was a fortified village, with its own church, farm, and ranch. Here, Franciscan friars gathered native peoples, converted them to Catholicism, taught them to live as Spaniards, and helped maintain Spanish control over the Texas frontier.