Becoming Texas

Our Story Begins Here

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Where does the story of Texas begin?

In the fall of 2018, the Bullock Museum plans to open a compelling new exhibition to take visitors back in time — to explore the people and events that shaped Texas long before its famous boundaries or name appeared on maps.

With the earliest object dating more than 14,000 years ago, the journey begins with the first people to step on the land, early American Indians, and the tools and materials they used to hunt, gather, and build. Then, encounter the rise and fall of empires through objects such as jewelry from thousands of years ago, coins and rare documents including one of the earliest European maps of the Gulf Coast.

Through early Spanish treasures and the 300 year old ship, La Belle, witness the legacy and consequences of European exploration. Journey through Spanish expansion in the Americas, and learn about their complex relationships with the American Indians who called this place home. Witness history through rare colonial armor, weaponry, documents, and spectacular paintings, all telling the stories of the early settlers and their immense challenges living on the frontier. An expertly crafted and extremely rare San Antonio mission gate beckons you from Spanish mission life into the heritage of the tribes that controlled the territories. Touch objects made by contemporary artists using traditional methods. Through their own words discover how each was made using materials gathered from natural resources and trade. A panoramic interactive video moves you across Tejas as it existed more than 200 years ago, flying over Spanish presidios and Indian villages, where you feel the enormity of our varied landscape and cultures.

Learn how the development of Texas had an impact on the world. Historic original documents and manuscripts show the global politics intertwined with the colonization of Texas, the turmoil between France and Spain, piracy, the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, treaties that set the boundaries of the territories, and the fight for Mexican independence from Spain.

Becoming Texas will leave you feeling the rich cultural roots of Texas at the heart of where our story begins.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.