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Presidio La Bahia, Goliad

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The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía, known more commonly as Presidio La Bahia, or simply La Bahia is a fort constructed by the Spanish Army that became the nucleus of the modern-day city of Goliad, Texas, United States. The current location dates to 1747.
Today, the presidio is probably most famous for the part it played the Texas Revolution: namely the Battle of Goliad in October 1835, and the Goliad Massacre in March 1836. It was restored in the 1960's and became a National Historic Landmark in 1967. While several adjacent historical sites in Goliad are now part of the Texas state parks system, La Bahia is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Texas but operates as public museum. It continues to be the subject of noted archaeological research.
Founded in 1721 on the ruins of the failed French Fort Saint Louis, the presidio was moved to a location on the Guadalupe River in 1726. In 1747, the presidio and its mission were moved to their current location on the San Antonio River. By 1771, the presidio had been rebuilt in stone and had become "the only Spanish fortress for the entire Gulf Coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to the Mississippi River". The civilian settlement, later named Goliad, sprang up around the presidio in the late 18th century; the area was one of the three most important in Spanish Texas.
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  • A visit to Goliad has enough activities for the weekend. The Presidio is not associated with the state park and is funded entirely on visitors- so they definitely need visitor support during the...  more »
  • A trip to Goliad nets you a 3fer. Yes 3 historical sites dear to Texans as this was a major settlement of early Mexican Texas and a major battlefield of the revolution. Right next to the Mission...  more »
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  • Stopped in on the way home from a family beach trip. The site is well kept, with lots of historical info, for those that are interested. We had our two young kids, and their cousins with us, and they all had a good time running around and playing too. A lot of Texas history that i'd either forgotten, or never knew, so came away with lots to research and read up on. Indoors it was surprisingly cool and comfortable, given how hot the Texas summer heat can get.
  • I loved this property. Even though the air conditioning was being worked on and warm/humid. I still enjoyed the Presidio and surrounding property. Will recommend to others.

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