Why Did Mission San Antonio de Valero Close?

“It can therefore be inferred that this mission cannot be called a mission of Indians but a gathering of white people. The few pure Indians who remain are, in trading and communication, as intelligent as the others. Consequently, the College ought to disassociate itself and give the mission over to the bishop so that he takes care of their souls.” — Father López, 1792

Mural created by artist George Nelson depicting a Franciscan Friar at Mission Valero. This mural is located in the Alamo Long Barracks today.

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