Goliad event focused on La Bahia’s connection to American Revolution
by Joe Baker
Jan 20, 2013 | 1501 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A special informative meeting is planned for Feb. 2 at Presidio La Bahia, in Goliad from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The topic of the meeting is focused on Presidio La Bahía’s Connection to the American Revolution.

According to organizers of the event, it’s a well-known fact that Presidio La Bahía and Presidio San Antonio de Béxar were instrumental in providing the vital cattle that kept Governor Bernardo de Gálvez’s troops nourished during the American Revolution. Many Tejano ancestors provided the beef and also went on the cattle drives to move the beef to where the troops needed food. This effort helped win the war against England. A lesser known fact and one not yet found in history books is that many Tejano ancestors also provided monetary donations at the request of King Carlos III to aid in the war effort.

Organizers of the event say that this list of La Bahía soldiers (donativos) who donated to the American Revolution war effort has just been discovered.

Organizers are inviting the public to attend this informative meeting and have the opportunity to learn the names of the soldiers who donated to the American Revolution.

Those who may be interested in attending are descendants of Spanish soldiers serving at La Bahía during 1776-1783, historians, DAR, SAR, genealogists, genealogy groups and lineage organizations interested in the role of Spanish soldiers during the American Revolution, and anyone interested in learning more about this part of American History and its South Texas connection.

The following are planned to speak at the event:

Jesse O. Villarreal Sr., Author & Historian

A special message from Judge Robert H. Thonhoff, Author & Historian

Lorenzo and Julia Lopez: on finding the donativo list and what it means for the future

For more information contact Julia Lopez at or for more information on Presidio La Bahia please visit
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