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Second Tricentennial Symposium of Bexar County

“Caminos Reales, Laterl Roads, and Native Pathways in Spanish Texas, 1717”

May 6, 2017


Symposium Chair: Dr. Felix D. Almaraz, Jr. San Antonio Historical Association, St. Mary’s University

2nd Session Convenor: Dr. Paul T. Ringenbach, Vice-Chair, Bexar County Historical Commission

Welcome: Nelson W. Wolff, Bexar County Judge

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. “A Royal Counselor’s Criticism of Domingo Ramon’s 1716 Missionary Renewal in East Texas: Juan de Olivan Rebolledo’s Advocacy of Spanish Occupation of the Central Region of the Province along the Río San Antonío.” Dr. Felix D. Almaraz, Jr. San Antonio Historical Association, St. Mary’s University.

9:45 a.m. “The Legacy of Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda ( The Lady in Blue) in Northeastern New Spain; Evangilization of the Caddo Nation in the Timberlands of East Texas Prior to the Arrival of Franciscan Missionaries in 1690.”

Dra. Belén Navajas Jaso, Universidad de Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain.

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. “The Apostolic Colleges in Colonial New Spain; Training Centers for Exploration and Occupation of Remote Frontier Territory.” Dr. Robert Himmerich y Valencia, Editor Emeritus of The New Mexico Historical Review, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

11:30 a.m. “Caminos Reales and Other Caminos in Spanish Texas.” Dr. Robert W. Shook, Professor of History, Victoria College; University of Houston, Victoria

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. “Exploring Early Bexar County” Special Presentation by students of Dr. John Reynolds, UTSA, Department of History

1:30 p.m. “What’s in a Name? Early Contacts with East Texas Native Groups and the Europeans’ Fascination with the Tejas.” Dr. Mariah Wade, Associate Professor of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin.

2:15 p.m. “Caminos Reales in Central Mexco: Their Gradual Evolution into the Northeastern Provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Texas, a West-to-East Trajectory.” Ing. José Francisco Aguilar Moreno, Federal Delegate from Mexico’s INAH [National Institute of Anthropology and History], to the State of Coahuila.

3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. “Caminos Reales in Nuevo Santander and Their Riverine Extension into Texas through the Río Grande-Río Nueces Watershed.” Ing. Clemente Rendon De La Garza, chronologist of the trans-border region of Matamoros, Tamaulipas and Brownsville, Texas.

4:00 p.m. “Caminos Reales Depicted in Historical Maps Curated in the Archivo General de la Nacion [National Archives of Mexico] of the Northeastern Interior Provinces of New Spain.” Dra. María Fernanda Trevino Campero, Director of Publications and Distribution, AGN, Mexico City.

4:45 p.m. Summary and Critical Review Dr. Amy Porter, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University at San Antonio.

5:00 p.m. Adjournment

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