This map shows the missions of the San Antonio Texas fort. The fort was used by the Spanish Crown to expand its territories in America and subdue the indigenous communities of the region.
These religious missions in the region of Texas, especially those in San Antonio, served multiple purposes, from converting and turning the citizens Spanish to giving further support across the border, as the Spanish Crown feared French invasion through Louisiana.
If you look closely at the map you will notice that the farmland was intended for wheat and corn.
The San Antonio River crossed the land and connected the mission of San José with Miguel de Aguayo.
In the center was the fort of San Antonio, which served as a strong military base that protected the surrounding regions, and a small plot was used by the soldiers.
The map allows us to know the distribution of the land, its economic activities, and its topography, as it is described as a very flat land surrounded by groves.
The document, whose support is rag pulp paper, measures 41 x 31 cm and features designs with plant and structural motifs in ink.
AGN, Maps, Blueprints, Illustrations, N° 0191
Originally from: Provincias Internas vol. 236, exp. 1, f. 186