Spanish Chocolatera Pot Made at South Texas Presidio

Heavenly delight was used to win over American Indians

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Chocolatera pot
Chocolatera pot

Do you like chocolate? Who doesn't? The cacao is a native tree of the Americas, but the chocolate made from the tree's seeds was an expensive delicacy enjoyed only by a few. The Spanish loved chocolate and used it in their efforts to Christianize the American Indians of Texas. This copper chocolate pot was made by Juan Banal, the blacksmith at Presidio La Bahía in present-day Victoria. It would have been used to serve drinks made with melted chocolate. 

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Spanish Chocolatera Pot Made at South Texas Presidio Artifact from Site of Presidio La Bahía, Mission Valley, Victoria County
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