Tejano History

Espinosa-Olivares-Aguirre Expedition

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        ESPINOSA-OLIVARES-AGUIRRE EXPEDITION. The expedition of Isidro Félix de Espinosa, Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares, and Pedro de Aguirre of 1709 resulted from a combination of Spanish presence on the Rio Grande, international considerations, and continued interest in missionizing the Tejas Indians. In the early 1700s, a cluster of three missions and a presidio constituted the Spanish establishment west of the Rio Grande near modern Guerrero, Coahuila. San Juan Bautista mission and presidio, destined to become the “Gateway to Spanish Texas,” were the staging area for this early expedition into Texas.


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