By Thomas S. Bremer
Greater than 1000000 travelers stopover at non secular landmarks in San Antonio, Texas, every year, looking at and occasionally partaking in spiritual actions there. The San Antonio Missions nationwide old Park--managed by way of the nationwide Park carrier, in cooperation with the Catholic Church--is considered one of hundreds of thousands of spiritual areas in the US and worldwide the place travelers became a well-recognized presence. In Blessed with travelers, Thomas S. Bremer explores the intersection of tourism and trade with faith in American, utilizing the missions and different San Antonio websites as top examples.Bremer recounts the historical past of San Antonio, from its local American roots to its improvement as a non secular middle with the expansion of the Spanish colonial missions, to the trendy transformation of San Antonio right into a vacationer vacation spot. making use of either ethnographic and ancient ways, Bremer examines the innovations of position, identification, aesthetics, and commercialization, demonstrating a number of ways in which smooth marketplace forces impact spiritual groups. via settling on vital connections among spiritual and touristic practices, Bremer establishes San Antonio as a particular resource for somebody looking to comprehend the interaction among the non secular and the secular, the conventional and the fashionable.
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30 On May of that year, according to the oﬃcial diary of the expedition kept by Fray Francisco Céliz, Governor Alarcón ‘‘took possession of the place called San Antonio, establishing himself in it, and ﬁxing ; . ’’ 31 This time, the Spaniards came to stay, with the intent of building a locative presence on the site. 32 With the establishment of these three places, locative structures began to take shape as the colonizers built churches, homes, military fortiﬁcations, workshops, stables for their animals, and other buildings to serve the small but growing population.
Each of these has included an itinerant aspect that relied on the constant movements of people, goods, and ideas to substantiate its locative pretensions. The clash of places sometimes brought hardship and even tragedy, as when Native Americans lost their place of Yanaguana to the colonial place of San Antonio. Yet no place can endure indeﬁnitely; the itinerant dimension compels change. ’’ ; Alamo City The Alamo, as Mission San Antonio is commonly known, has been the most popular tourist attraction in San Antonio, indeed in all of Texas, since .
A Sacred Ruin As the ﬁrst hint of daylight appeared on the horizon east of San Antonio de Béxar on the morning of Sunday, March , , the stillness of the dawn was shattered by the Mexican battle cry ‘‘Viva Santa Anna’’ followed by a bugle call that signaled the beginning of the ﬁnal assault on the Alamo. Inside the battered walls of the former mission, the band of ‘‘Texian’’ revolutionaries who had held oﬀ the Mexican siege for nearly two weeks scrambled into ; Theodore Gentilz’s painting Fall of the Alamo, ca.