• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Park Store

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The Park Store has a good collection of books dealing with Spanish, Mexican, and Texas history. Additionally, it carries items connected to the Hispanic and American Indian heritage.

The Park Store is operated by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit organization authorized by Congress to assist the National Park Service in the support of educational and scientific research projects.

Click here for the home page of Western National Parks Association.
 

For the reading recommendations of the Park Rangers on Spanish Colonial and mission history, please follow the links below.

For kids and educators

General audiences

Did You Know?

Ruins of a home at Mission Espada

that Spanish missions were not churches? They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.