Presidio de Nuestra Se?ora de Loreto de la Bah

Presidio de Nuestra Se?ora de Loreto de la Bah (HMO7J)

Location: Goliad, TX 77963 Goliad County
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N 28° 38.895', W 97° 22.963'

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(Fort of Our Lady of Loreto of the Bay)

One of the most historic Spanish forts in Texas. Popularly called Presidio la Bah?a, it was founded on Esp?ritu Santo (present Lavaca) Bay in 1722. Twice moved, it was re-established here in 1749 to protect Espiritu Santo Mission (1/4 mi. NW). In the chapel is the statue of Our Lady of Loreto placed here in 1749.

The turbulent history of this fort has often rung with the sound of revolution. Between 1812 and 1820 several irregular "filibustering" forces, including the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition and others led by James Long and Henry Perry, occupied or assailed the fort for various idealistic and profiteering motives.

Here, too, 92 Texas citizens and soldiers drew up and signed Texas' first formal Declaration of Independence on December 20, 1835. In the ensuing War for Texas Independence, Col. James Fannin and 341 prisoners of war were held and, on Palm Sunday, 1836, were massacred in and around the fort by their Mexican captors.
When the fort was authentically restored, 1963-67, by the Kathryn O'Connor Foundation, nine "levels of occupancy" were uncovered. Church services are now held in the chapel. The presidio has been named a Registered National Historic Landmark.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark—1969
HM NumberHMO7J
Series This marker is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series, and the National Historic Landmarks series.
Year Placed1969
Placed ByThe Texas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 10:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 658065 N 3170085
Decimal Degrees28.64825000, -97.38271667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 38.895', W 97° 22.963'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 38' 53.70" N, 97° 22' 57.78" W
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Area Code(s)361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 490-536 Cam De Bexar, Goliad TX 77963, US
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