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Home originally to the Payaya and Coalhuiltec tribes, this area was settled by the Spanish in 1718 who built the mission of San Antonio de Valero and the fortress of San Antonio de Bejar. Four more missions followed and, in 1731, after the arrival of 15 families from the Canary Islands, the area became known as San Fernando de Bexar.
As more Americans began calling Texas home, they decided that it should join the United States. The Spanish and Mexican settlers didn't see it this way. During the struggle that followed, San Antonio played a major role in 1836 when Davy Crockett, James Bowie and 187 other Texans lost their lives to Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the Alamo.
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