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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: State's story didn't start with revolution

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.


Texas today has a certain image people worldwide acknowledge. We are the state of cowboys and gunslingers with a fiercely independent mentality and a "Come and take it" attitude.

Our state has a long history that lead up to today, and it started long before we were a state or even our own republic. Centuries before Gen. Sam Houston rallied his troops by telling them to remember the Alamo and Goliad, long before the Gonzales garrison refused to give their cannon to the Mexican army, Texas was a wild territory that belonged to the Spanish. And while John Wayne and the rest of Hollywood has glorified Texas' more recent history, one documentary filmmaker is giving a fresh perspective on the early settlements of Franciscan monks and the missions they erected in what was then a Spanish territory.

The University of Houston-Victoria Provost's Lecture Series will feature the film "Texas Before the Alamo" at the Victoria Fine Arts Center on Sunday as part of a free screening. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a historical panel discussion followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m., then by the screening of the film at 7 p.m.

We encourage residents to come and explore Texas' history through this film and the discussions with four historians. Our state is proud of its identity, and we do ourselves a disservice if we fail to educate ourselves on the complete picture of how our home became what it is today. Even the history we are familiar with is linked to these stories. Many of the battles of the Texas Revolution took place in or near the Spanish missions, presidios and trails established centuries before. The film, which was directed and produced by Bill Millet, of San Antonio, offers a historically accurate view of life as Spanish Texas was settled and established.

We hope as many Crossroads residents as possible will take this opportunity to explore the heritage of our land. "Texas Before the Alamo" offers a unique perspective into the people and events that helped begin the shaping of Texas so many years ago. Without them, our home state would be a very different place.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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