Founded in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas near present-day Weches, Texas, this was the first mission in Texas. In 1731, the mission transferred to the San Antonio River area and renamed Mission San Francisco de la Espada. A friary was built in 1745, and the church was completed in 1756. The missionaries strove to make life in the mission communities closely resemble that of Spanish villages. Native Americans learned specific vocations _ weaving, blacksmithing, carpentry, masonry, and stonecutting to construct elaborate buildings. Espada was the only mission to make brick, which is still visible. The influence of these mission artisans is evident throughout the city today. In its last years as an active mission, Espada suffered epidemics and fire, along with never-ceasing raids. In September 1831, all mission property, except the churches, were sold at auction.
Approximately 4 1/2" x 7"
Due to the hand casting and proprietary staining process, each of my plaques is unique. Each cross comes with a hanger embedded in the stone. The cross comes with a descriptive tag describing the original stone, explanation of the design or information on where the cross is located.
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