Trinity University Press

Gerald E. Poyo

Gerald E. Poyo is the O’Connor Chair in the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. From 1992 to 1996 he was the O’Connor Chair in the Study of Spanish Colonial Texas and the Southwest. His recent books are Cuban Catholics in the United States, 1960–1980 and Exile and Revolution.

San Antonio 1718

Three hundred years ago San Antonio was a outpost of presidios and missions on the edge of northern New Spain, imposing Spanish political and religious principles on this contested, often hostile region. The city’s many Catholic missions bear architectural witness to the time of their founding, but few have walked these sites without wondering who once lived there and what they saw, valued,...