Spanish Settlements in Texas

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OER Essay Spanish Settlements/ Mission Systems

• The Spanish rule in Texas had many details and trends connecting to it. When the Spanish first came to Texas and built missions, their only goal was to convert the Texans into Catholicism, teach them their lifestyle, and rule Texas. That did not last very long. When the French arrived to Texas and started trading with the Native Americans, the Spanish wanted to get the French out because they did not want foreigners on their land. From then on, the main reason the Spanish built missions was to bring the Native Americans on their side and keep the French out of their reach. They started sending their people to destroy the French outposts and kill their people. The Spanish priests wanted to convert as many Native Americans as possible into Christians. Only a few Native Americans would go into the missions, the others were too afraid to leave their religion that they had been following for years. One of the trends were that the Spanish tended to build most of its missions near the San Antonio area because they wanted to be near the outposts of French in East Texas and get Native Americans to come into their religion. • The Spanish rule and the mission affected the Native Americans because they were being forced to change their long-followed religion into Christianity. The Natives were being divided up into two groups! Many of the Native Americans did not want to change their religion because they were not ready for a new lifestyle, but those who were willing, were treated as slaves by the Spanish in the missions. Many Natives sneaked back into their own tribes, because they did not like the fact that they were being treated as slaves. The others left were under the rule of the Spaniards which caused a slight division between the Native Americans.

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1. Anderson, Adrian. Texas and Texans, Missions and Settlements. Columbus, Ohio 43240.The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2003. 2. Teitelbaum,...
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