10-31-2009 Presidio La Bahia

On October 9,1835, a group of Texas citizens, led by Captain Collingsworth, entered Goliad, attacked the Mexican garrison stationed at the Presidio, and were successful in taking possession of the fort. This action followed the incident at Gonzalez, Texas, one week earlier. The first Declaration of Texas Independence, boldly stating the intentions of these settlers of Texas was formally declared at the Presidio on December 20, 1835. It was signed by 92 citizens and distributed throughout other municipalities in Texas. Along with it flew the first flag of Texas Independence. Nothing short of full indepence from Mexico would satisfy those who had suffered under the injustices of a dictatorial government led by the self-styled “Napolean of the West”, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Located in the niche above the chapel entrance is a statue of Our Lady of Loreto carved by Lincoln Borglum, of Mt. Rushmore fame.

My first panoramic… click to view!
panoramic of the grounds inside the fortress walls


“Our Lady of Loreto” Chapel (one of the oldest in America), has been in continuous use since the 1700’s.

Hall of Flags contains the native flags of the 341 men who were held captive inside the chapel, prior to their massacre by order of General Santa Anna.

There is a tremendous amount of history associated with this location, I have only mentioned a few items of relevance… if i have piqued your interest, you can read much, much more…. by clicking here.

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~ by myVelleity on October 31, 2009.

2 Responses to “10-31-2009 Presidio La Bahia”

  1. I just admired those church photos.

  2. Interesting story and a very nice series. Love the wooden doors and the picture from inside the chapel. Well done.

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