Goliad – La Bahía Townsite



La Bahía Townsite


The reconstructed birthplace of the Mexican hero General Ignacio Zaragoza and the present town of La Bahía represent the shared cultural history of the United States and Mexico. La Bahía surrounds the Presidio, extending for several blocks on each side of U.S. Highway 183. With the exception of the Presidio chapel, no buildings from the 18th-century town remain standing; a 19th-century cabin sits just north of the Presidio. Contemporary La Bahía is a small but vital community, with Tejano residents who trace their ancestry back to the town's original citizens. This continuity of occupation is revealed, as well, in the rich archeological deposits in the area. Also evident in La Bahía today is an unpaved remnant of the Old San Antonio Road, which was the primary route from La Bahía to Bexar. Nearby are two major historic crossings of the river.


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