San Antonio 1718 Lecture: On the Edge of Empire by Gerald E. Poyo

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

John L. Santikos Auditorium


Price: Free with Museum admission | Doors open at 1:30 p.m. | Space is limited and first come, first served

Jose de Páez (New Spain, 1720-1790)
De Español e India produce Mestizo, from series of Mexican Castes, ca. 1780
Oil on canvas; h. 36 in. (91 cm); w. 41 in.
(104.5 cm)
Private Collection
Photography by Minerva Morales


On the Edge of Empire: San Antonio in the Eighteenth Century by Gerald E. Poyo

During 1718-1720, two missions, a military fortress, and a handful of civilian settlers established a fledgling community in the Spanish province of Texas.  It became part of Spain’s vast American empire and part of a northern line of settlements including San Agustín, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Los Angeles, Alta California. These settlements sat on the edge of empire, legitimizing and securing territorial claims.  Most inhabitants of these communities did not see themselves in such grandiose terms; they simply participated in the quotidian activities of their communities into which they were born or to where they migrated.  This presentation explores the story of the growth and development one such settlement during the eighteenth century.


Gerald E. Poyo is O’Connor Professor in the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest and chair of the history department at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He received his PhD in Latin American history from the University of Florida. His research has focused on the intersection of Latin American and U.S. Latino history, especially on the origins of Tejano communities in colonial and Mexican Texas and the history of Cuban communities in the United States,. He is the author and editor of seven books, including Tejano Origins in Eighteenth Century San Antonio (University of Texas Press, 1992) and Tejano Journey, 1770-1850 (University of Texas Press, 1996).

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