The Canary Islanders

The Canary Islanders (HMK5U)

Location: San Antonio, TX 78205 Bexar County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 25.439', W 98° 29.619'

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Earliest civilian colonists of San Antonio, this nucleus of pioneers from the Canary Islands formed the first organized civil government in Texas and founded the village of San Fernando de Bexar in 1731.

Following a sea and land voyage of over a year, these weary travelers arrived at the Presidio (Fort) of San Antonio early on March 9, 1731. Totaling 56 persons, they had emigrated to Texas from the Spanish Canary Islands near Africa, by order of King Philip V.

On July 2 they began to lay out a villa (village), choosing a site on the west side of the Plaza de las Yslas (present Main Plaza) for the church and a site on the east side for the Casa Real (government building). On July 19 the Captain of the Presidio, Juan Antonio de Almazan, read to the Islanders the decree of the Viceroy naming them and their descendants "Hijos Dalgo" - Persons of Nobility.

The heads of the 16 families who settled in San Antonio were: Juan Leal Goraz, Juan Curbelo, Juan Leal, Antonio Santos, Jose Padron, Manuel de Nis, Vincente Alvarez Travieso, Salvador Rodriguez, Jose Leal, Juan Delgado, Jose Cabrera, Juan Rodriguez Granadillo, Francisco de Arocha, Antonio Rodriguez, Lorenzo and Martin de Armas, and Felipe and Jose Antonio Perez.
HM NumberHMK5U
Year Placed1971
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 11:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 549116 N 3255067
Decimal Degrees29.42398333, -98.49365000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 25.439', W 98° 29.619'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 25' 26.34" N, 98° 29' 37.14" W
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Area Code(s)210
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Dolorosa, San Antonio TX 78205, US
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