By Thomas S. Bremer
Greater than one million travelers stopover at non secular landmarks in San Antonio, Texas, every year, gazing and infrequently engaging in non secular actions there. The San Antonio Missions nationwide ancient Park--managed via the nationwide Park provider, in cooperation with the Catholic Church--is certainly one of 1000s of spiritual locations in the United States and worldwide the place travelers became a well-known 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 leading examples.Bremer recounts the historical past of San Antonio, from its local American roots to its improvement as a non secular heart with the expansion of the Spanish colonial missions, to the fashionable transformation of San Antonio right into a vacationer vacation spot. utilising either ethnographic and old techniques, Bremer examines the recommendations of position, id, aesthetics, and commercialization, demonstrating a variety of ways in which glossy industry forces impact spiritual groups. by means of picking out very important connections among non secular 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 trendy.
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Extra info for Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio
95 Certainly, San Antonio became a land apart, far removed from the native place of Yanaguana that had begun to disappear when the Catholic Spaniards claimed the site in . Tourist practices catapulted San Antonio into the twentieth century as a modern city made up of modern places. But the aesthetic attractions that brought tourists to the city relied on the romantic imagining of a premodern time when conquistadores and missionaries traversed the Texas landscape. San Antonio has been many places over the centuries: the native place of Yanaguana; a colonial place of military presidios, civilian villas, and selfsuﬃcient mission communities; and a tourist place of exotic appeal.
These places included not only Christian missions but towns and military outposts as well. Yet despite their apparent prosperity, especially the prosperity of the missions, the Europeans’ hold remained tenuous at best throughout the colonial period. Continued threats from hostile Indians, concerns about rival European powers, and eventually the encroachments of Americans from the newly established United States all imperiled the viability of the Spanish places in Texas. Hostile Indians, mainly Apaches, regularly attacked San Antonio from the early years of Spanish settlement there.
Gentilz arrived in San Antonio in and completed extensive sketches of the Alamo; his research for the painting also included interviews with witnesses of the Alamo battle and precise measurements of the battle site. A ﬁre destroyed the original painting in . (Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, Gentilz ﬁle) position. They met the onslaught of the Mexican army with a ﬁerce resistance, dropping scores of the attackers with artillery ﬁre, riﬂes, muskets, and even handguns. But the enemy kept coming, strengthened along the vulnerable north wall of the Alamo by reinforcements ordered into the fray by General Santa Anna himself.
Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio by Thomas S. Bremer