The Canary Islanders in Texas
The Story of the Founding of San AntonioThe influential story of early Spanish immigrants to Texas from the Canary Islands
Immigrants from the Spanish Canary Islands off the northwestern coast of Africa played a vital role in San Antonio’s early history. The Canary Islanders in Texas tells the story of the fifty-five Canary Islanders who arrived in South Texas in 1731 and founded the original municipality of San Fernando de ...
More than five thousand isleños live in San Antonio today, many of them descendants of the original settlers. Their influence can be seen in the city’s history, culture, music, and philanthropy. Their legacy is celebrated through numerous cultural groups and organizations.