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This design for the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar between the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek proposed by José de Azlor, the Marqués de Aguayo. The presidio, as actually built, was much simpler. Source: “Plan del Presidio de San Antonio de Béjar,” Mexico City, 1722.

He had the presidio moved south to a site that would be easier to protect, between San Pedro Creek and the San Antonio River. He also ordered it to be built like a fortress on today’s Plaza de Armas (Military Plaza). Soon, soldiers and other settlers built houses and farmed the land that belonged to the presidio. Then, another big change, another leap forward, was on the horizon for San Pedro Creek.

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