THE HISTORY FRONTIER
Few cities in the USA have as distinct a history as San Antonio, which is proudly on display today. Visit the world-famous Alamo, which many Texans consider to be a shrine to liberty and freedom. First established by the Spanish in 1718, its pivotal role in the nation’s story was assured when it was besieged in 1836 as Texas fought for its independence from Mexico. Along with the Alamo, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was named the first World Heritage Site in Texas by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), and includes the city’s four southernmost Spanish colonial missions – Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada.