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Texas and Bandera County TX
Native Americans were living in the area
we call today Texas for thousands of years
The more modern history of Texas:
French Texas 1684 -1689
Spanish Texas 1690 - 1821
Mexican Texas 1821 - 1836
Republic of Texas 1836 - 1845
Statehood 1845 - 1860
Civil War era 1861 - 1865
Reconstruction 1865 - 1899
The first written records are based on stories about Spanish Conquistadors who traveled by horse through this region around 1520.|
El Paso was founded around 1680. Spaniards and Native Americans were living together. 1682, French colonist settled in Fort Saint Louis, near Matagorda Bay. In East Texas the catholic church built several Missions, but could not fill them with life.
French settlements in the East forced Spanish authorities to colonize Texas with numerous presidios (villages). Spanish settlers arrived, the Missions were filled with missionaries, the forts ruled with their soldiers over the area.
1821, Mexico became independent. The area in Texas filled with Mexican/Spanish settlers stated itself as a new nation. After the Mexican authorities pushed for further immigration from the United States, a mixtures of Anglos (about 33000) and Mexicans (around 8000) called the area of todays Texas home
A Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna invaded the new nation.|
A strong conflict lead to the Texas Revolution in 1835 - 36
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Bandera County TX
Bandera County is located in the southern Texas Hill Country about 46 miles northwest of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Bandera County is 792 square miles of rolling hills, scenic open land, magnificent cypress and cedar trees, lakes and rivers
The Medina River runs from the northwest corner of Bandera County southeast into Medina Lake.|
At the southeast corner of the county is Medina Lake on the county line between Bandera and Medina counties.
There are two State natural areas and one private 128 acre Nature Preserve
Lost Maples State Natural Area in the western edge of the county and
Hill Country State National Area on the southern border of Bandera County and Medina County.
A Nature Preserve with guided tours is located in Pipe Creek, south of Bandera.
The major towns and business centers in Bandera County are
and the largest, Bandera.
At the time it was settled, around 1854, Bandera County was a remote frontier outpost where settlers had to protect themselves against Indians.
In 1856, the first U.S. Cavalry troops arrived at Camp Verde, ten miles north of Bandera in Kendall County to protect the pioneers from Indian attacks.
Bandera, in 1856, was still under the jurisdiction of
and Uvalde Counties.
In 1857, Bandera County was organized in the 17th Judicial District.
Bandera, the city, although established in 1854,
the Bandera County Courthouse was built in 1890 - 91.
Bandera did not become an incorporated city until 1964 and is still the only incorporated city in Bandera County.
Bandera is known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World"
and is very proud of its Texas heritage.
Medina, established in 1880, is an unincorporated town 14 miles north of Bandera.
Medina claims the distinct title of "Apple Capital of Texas"
hosting the Texas International Apple Festival on the last Saturday of July.
Lakehills is an unincorporated area in southeast Bandera County established in 1854.
Our reserve is located in Pipe Creek Texas and managed by
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