As we were waiting for the inspector to come and inspect the house I thought I might as well show David around the area. I decided to take him to Goliad. If you know anything about the Texas Revolution you have heard of Goliad.
Fannin Battleground memorializes the brave soldiers who fought the Battle of Coleto Creek on this site in 1836 during the Texas War for Independence. After Col. James W. Fannin surrendered to Mexican forces, Gen. Santa Anna ordered him and his men executed in nearby Goliad, against the wishes of other Mexican commanders. The surrender, and unanticipated execution, inflamed the Texas cause, spurring the battle cry “Remember Goliad!”
Located about 10 miles east of Goliad, visitors today walk the landscaped grounds and view the impressive stone obelisk that honors the spot where Fannin surrendered, taking a moment to remember the men who helped forge Texas’ destiny. An interpretive exhibit, group pavilion, and picnic area are also on the 14-acre grounds.
On October 9, 1835, in the early days of the Texas Revolution, a group of Anglo-American immigrants attacked the presidio in the Battle of Goliad. The Mexican garrison quickly surrendered, leaving the Anglo-Americans in control of the fort. The first declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas was signed here on December 20, 1835. Anglo-Americans held the area until March 1836, when their garrison under ColonelJames Fannin was defeated at the nearby Battle of Coleto. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, then President of Mexico, ordered that all survivors were to be executed. On Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, in what was later called the Goliad Massacre, 303 were marched out of the fort to be executed, and 39 were executed inside the presidio (20 prisoners were spared because they were either physicians or medical attendants); 342 men were killed and 28 escaped.
Above is what Wikipedia has to say about the Massacre. I took pictures of La Bahia which I hope you enjoy.
The Angel of Goliad (its thought her name was Francita) is credited with persuading the officer in charge of the fortress not to execute Miller’s men, who had been brought from Copano to Goliad. In addition, it is believed that Francita entered the fort the evening before the massacre and brought out several men and hid them, thereby saving their lives. Francita and Captain Alavez proceeded to Victoria, where she continued to aid the Texans held prisoner at Goliad by sending them messages and provisions. When the Mexicans retreated from Texas after Santa Anna’s defeat at San Jacinto, Francita followed Captain Alavez to Matamoros, where she aided the Texans held prisoner there. From that town she was taken by Alavez to Mexico City and there abandoned. She returned to Matamoros penniless, but was befriended by Texans who had heard of her humanitarian acts on behalf of Texans captured by the Mexican army.
Our next stop was:
Mission Espíritu Santo State Historic Site
The restored Franciscan mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga was home to one of the largest ranching operations in Texas in the 18th century.
Enjoy the serenity of this Spanish colonial church. Exhibits on the history and daily life of the missionaries and Indian converts include some of the original items they used.
Texas Parks & Wildlife operates the mission, which is on the grounds of Goliad State Park and Historic Site.
We were meeting a friend of mine for lunch in Goliad, so that was our next stop. I have always loved to visit here because it is just an old western town. The hanging tree still stands in the courtyard. The town is built in a square around the courthouse.
We then met my high school friend at the Blue Quail Deli where they serve their award winning Cream of Jalapeno Soup. I am told that Luke Wilson, the actor, has even stopped in for a bowl of soup. The owner didn’t even know who he was until a bunch of women started getting their picture with him. You never know who you might run into in a little Texas town.
After our lunch and a great visit we headed back to Victoria. It was a wonderful day showing David around my area of Texas.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my photos and history lesson.