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Wilde About Texas: Remember Goliad
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Remember Goliad was one of the battle cries of the Texan Revolution, but the community’s history predates those events by nearly 100 years.
Spaniards moved their Mission Espiritu Santo and Fort Presidio La Bahia to Goliad in 1979.
“Their whole lifestyle was changed here. The hope was for Spain, for them, to become Spanish citizens, that being the Native Americans becoming Spanish citizens,” Park Ranger Tammy Zellner said.
While missionaries taught religion to the locals, Spain used the fort to secure the Texas Coast. The mission and the Presidio eventually became the center of commerce.
“This site is the first mega-ranch in Texas where they had a million acres of land and they used that land to trade with other sites,” Zellner said.
Volunteers now recreate what life was like for the people living in Goliad at that time.
“Sometimes you’ll be out in the field for two to three weeks working cattle or horses so you have to be out there, you have to be heavily armed,” volunteer Richardo Villarreal said. “This is the way they used to dress in that time period.”
It was a time period that saw several rapid changes that led to the creation of Texas as we know it today.
“When visitors come here to Presidio La Bahia what they really need to leave with is a sense of how much Texas history there is here in Goliad,” Presidio La Bahia spokesperson Newton Warzecha said.
Next week Russell will show us the role Goliad played in the war for Texas Independence and the city’s tie to Cinco De Mayo Celebrations.