High Noon Talk: Los Adaes, the First Capital of Spanish Texas


October 6, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A rich perspective on the shifting borders of colonial power in early Texas history.

Event Details

In 1721, Spain established a fort and mission on the Texas-Louisiana border, to stem the tide of people and goods flowing back and forth between northern New Spain and French Louisiana. Named in part after the indigenous Adai people, the complex of the presidio was the capital of Tejas for New Spain. Join historian Francis Galan as he traces the roots of the current US-Mexico border and demonstrates that, despite efforts to the contrary, Spain could neither fully block the penetration of smuggled goods and settlers into Texas nor could it successfully convert Native Americans to Christianity and the Spanish economic system.

High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

Please note: RSVPs to this event are currently at capacity. There will be a standby line at the door and if space becomes available, guests in standby will be seated on a first-come first-served basis.

Program is FREE to the public.

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About the Presenter

Francis X. Galan is assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University–San Antonio. He is the coauthor of San Antonio’s Churches and numerous scholarly articles on Spanish Texas, Tejano history, and borderlands studies.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.