The site now known as The Alamo began its existence as Mission San Antonio de Valero. Founded in 1718 near the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the mission served several purposes. First, Spain needed settlements to defend against French encroachment into Texas. Second, the missionary staff of San Antonio would create the loyal population needed to hold Texas by converting local indigenous people into Spanish subjects.
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