300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County captures the iconic stories, moments, people, and places that define one of the oldest communities in the United States. A collection of diverse authors joined forces to produce this richly illustrated and complexly woven thematic telling of the city’s history. From its earliest legacy as home to many indigenous peoples to its municipal founding by the Canary Islanders, a convergence of people from across the globe have settled, sacrificed, and successfully shaped the culture of San Antonio. The result is a 21st-century community that strives to balance diverse heritage with a vibrant economy thanks to stories from the past that provide lessons for the future.
— Julia Lopez, descendant of Juan Pedro and Maria Rodriguez de Bega Cabrera, who fell ill and died enroute in Mexico, leaving their children Jose, age 15; Ana, age 14; and Julia Lopez’s direct ancestor Marcos, age 6; to complete the journey to present day San Antonio as orphans.