Noonday Gun from a San Antonio Mission

A gunshot fired in the air told people working the fields that it was time for the noonday meal

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The world of a Spanish mission complex was governed by routine. Each day at noon, a soldier fired a "noonday" shot. In turn, a priest would ring the bells to call the people in from the fields to eat. This piece is from a noonday gun used in San Antonio. The "MR" symbol stands for "Mexico Real," meaning the gun was made at the Royal Spanish Arsenal in Mexico City. 

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Noonday Gun from a San Antonio Mission Artifact from San Antonio, Bexar County
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