What brought the Spanish into Texas in the late 1600s into the 1700s to establish mission communities along the San Antonio River.
Men in particular had to learn new skills in order to survive in Spanish colonial Texas.
Women's lives did not change drastically when they moved into the Spanish missions - they were still the wives, mothers, and homekeepers.
The Indians of south-central Texas were hunter-gatherers for millinia. When they entered the Spanish missions they became farmers and ranchers.
Children were not too different from today's. A major difference was their need to work along side of their parents in order for the family and community to survive.
The first cowboys came out of the mission ranches. Their job was critical to the survial and prosperity of each mission. Their legacy lives on.
These intrepid men toiled on the outskirts of Spanish civilization to bring new souls to God and new citizens to the King.
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Last updated: December 22, 2016
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