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In what city are Mission San Antonio de Valero and Presidio San Antonio de Bexar located?
Why were settlements often built along water?
Rivers offered a clean source of water needed to survive.
Why did San Antonio chose San Antonio as the site to build the Alamo?
1. No French presence in the area
2. Natural Resources: plenty of timber and stone
3. Location: Half way trading post between the missions and New Spain
Why were missions and presidios built near each other?
Presidios protected the missionaries from the Native Americans and French.
Why did missions fail?
1. Native Americans did not want to convert.
2. Native Americans resented the intrusion on their land.
3. The missions were isolated
Rene Robert Cavalier de La Salle
What explorer established land for France and threatened the Spanish empire in Texas?
El Camino Real
The Royal Road that led from the East Texas missions to the southern Rio Grande settlements.
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