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San Antonio de Béxar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier

Jesús de la Teja

This award-winning history explores eighteenth-century San Antonio de Béxar, a community on the periphery of Spain's North American frontier. From this struggling settlement eventually developed modern San Antonio, Texas. In spite of isolation and neglect, many of the settlers, veterans of frontier colonies farther south, founded San Antonio on centuries-old institutions. Although the colonists often feuded with one another in the early years, frontier political and economic forces molded them into a single community by the end of the eighteenth century.

Crisp prose, vivid descriptions, and strong archival documentation make this community study accessible to students and of interest to scholars.


Jesus F. de la Teja, Ph.D. is chair of the history department at Texas State University, San Marcos.


"An excellent example of the issues that social historians find important in frontier New Spain. . . . de la Teja has demonstrated beyond question that there was nothing static about frontier society."



6 x 9 in. 240 pages 18 halftones, 3 maps, 4 tables