San Antonio is remembering the Alamo and the rest of its 300-year-old storied history with celebrations throughout 2018. Its tricentennial festivities are a way to commemorate the city’s confluence of cultures and to reflect on the past and build the future.
Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was the city’s first settlement in 1718, and in 1836, it was the location for a pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution.
Texas achieved independence from Mexico after the battle of San Jacinto, and following a period of Texan independence, it became the 28th state to join the union. San Antonio has five missions total, which are the all protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Before the missions were built, the Payaya indigenous people occupied the land.