Tricentennial Symposium

Spain's Encounter with the New World

Spain's Encounter with the New World

Friday, May 6th 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Reception & Keynote
Saturday, May 7th 2016, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Symposium

Bexar County Courthouse

100 Dolorosa, 2nd Floor
Double-Height Courtroom
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Free Admission

Courtesy Parking Available at Bexar County Garage located at the corner of Flores & Nueva Streets
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Listen to Fernando Sor - The Spanish Guitar

Keynote Program

Friday, May 6th, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Registration and Reception

5:00 - 6:00

Keynote Speaker

6:00 - 6:30

Dr. Joseph P Sánchez
Director of Spanish Colonial Research Center
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

"Performing the King's Business: Forts, Towns, and Missions
along El Camino Real de los Tejas and other Caminos Reales"

Symposium Program

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Spain's Encounter with the New World (the Indies)

Session Chair: Dr. Paul T. Ringenbach
Vice Chair, Bexar County Historical Commission

Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, Jr., Professor Emeritus, UTSA

9:00 - 9:45
"The First and Second Mission Frontiers,
1690-1716: A Prelude to Occupation of Texas"

Dr. Steve Tomka, Raba-Kistner Consultants, SA

9:45 - 10:30
"The Indigenous Cultures of Coahuila and Texas:
Nomadic People in a Contested Land"


10:30 - 10:45

Dr. Francis X. Galán, Texas A&M at San Antonio

10:45 - 11:30
"The East Texas Connection to San Antonio de Bexar (Part 1.): 
The Caddos, French, Franciscans and Military Settlement
on the Northern Frontier of New Spain,  1700-1717”

Dr. Gilbert R. Cruz, San Antonio Historical Association

11:30 - 12:15
"The Apostolic Colleges of Santa Cruz de Querétaro and Guadalupe de Zacatecas:
Their Contributions to the Development of Spanish Texas"


12:15 - 1:30

Professor Charles Porter, St. Edward's University

1:30 - 2:15
"The Expansive Geography of Texas: Liabilities and Assets"

Licenciado Enríque Cervera, Archives of San Juan Bautista

2:15 - 3:00
Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico. "Presidio San Juan Bautista del Río Grande:
Bastion of a Northern Frontier, 1700-1720"

Dr. Amy Porter, Texas A&M University at San Antonio

3:00 - 3:30

Discussion and Adjourn

3:30 - 4:00