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Welcome to Presidio La Bahia's media guide. This page has been setup to provide the media with information pertaining to the history and activities of Presidio La Bahia. Contact information:

Scott McMahon
Interim Director of Presidio La Bahia
P.O. Box 57 Goliad, Texas 77963
(361) 645-3752

 
 
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GOLIAD, Texas (February 12, 2013) - 28th Annual Goliad Massacre Living History Program to be presented at Presidio La Bahia

On March 23rd and 24th The Crossroads of Texas Living History Association and Presidio La Bahia will stage a reenactment of the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre of Col. Fannin and his men at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, Texas...more
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GOLIAD, Texas (October 28, 2011) - Recent regional and national publications are indicating the Presidio La Bahia (Fort of the Bay) in Goliad, TX, and its quaint Our Lady of Loreto Chapel are an elegant wedding location despite the long dark history. And altar-bound and recently wedded couples seem to agree that the Spanish Colonial citadel and the 232-year-old church are a great place to tie the knot. ...more
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GOLIAD, Texas (May 12, 2011) - Musical numbers ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Rihanna will fill the sanctuary of the 232-year-old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel at the Presidio La Bahia (Fort of the Bay) National Historic Landmark in Goliad, TX, at 6 p.m., Sat., May 21st...more
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GOLIAD, Texas (June 9, 2010) - A bronze cannon blasting, a bishop blessing and a BBQ-and-beans buffet marked the grand re-opening of the historic Presidio La Bahia (Fort of the Bay) Museum http://www.presidiolabahia.org/ in Goliad on Tuesday. Yet, the celebration was practically upstaged by an ambitious, new project...more
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GOLIAD, Texas (April 26, 2010) - A Historic Texas Lands Plaque was unveiled today at the site of historic Presidio La Bahia (Fort of the Bay) National Historic Landmark in Goliad County. The plaque was presented to Newton Warzecha, Director of the Presidio and a representative of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, which owns the property...more
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GOLIAD, TEXAS (March 18, 2010) - Thanks to the generosity of a group of private citizens known as "The Cannoneers," the Presidio took delivery of and fired its newly acquired, solid bronze, Verbruggen-style cannon, believed to be of the type used 250 years ago. Click the photo for more information...more
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GOLIAD, TEXAS (March 9, 2010) - Fans and students of Texas history, Spanish Colonial and Mexican cultures have good reasons to venture beyond the Alamo and the San Jacinto Battleground to see the 261-year-old Presidio La Bahia (For of the Bay) at Goliad.

More than $500,000 in improvements to the fort, museum and chapel complex were completed in March, thanks to the generosity of members of The Presidio La Bahia Foundation, its Advisory Board, the Friends of the Fort, and numerous individuals and area foundations...more
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Historical highlights that occurred at Presidio La Bahia:

Men and supplies from Presidio La Bahia assisted the Spanish General Galvez as he fought the British in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida during the American Revolution.


During the Gutierrez-Magee occupation in 1812 - 1813, the longest siege in Texas military history was fought here.

Every attempt to change the order of government in the Texas territory involved the capture of the fort.

While six flags have flown over the rest of Texas, there have been nine flags over Goliad.

Presidio La Bahia was the location of the first action against Mexico during the Texas Revolution when the fort was captured on the night of October 9, 1835.

The first Texas declaration of independence from Mexico was signed in the Our Lady of Loreto chapel on December 20, 1835.

After his surrender at Coleto Creek on March 20, 1836, Colonel Fannin and his men were brought back to Presidio La Bahia and held prisoner for one week and then executed on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836. There were more Texians killed here (Goliad Massacre) than all other engagements of the Texas Revolution combined.

 

 
Presidio La Bahia Locations
 

The current location of Presidio La Bahia is actually the third location of the fort. The original Presidio La Bahia was founded on top of La Salle's doomed Fort St. Louis along the banks of Garcitas Creek, near present day Port Lavaca. The fort was abandoned and relocated to Mission Valley, northwest of present day Victoria, Texas. Once again, this location proved unsuitable and the fort was moved to its present location in 1749 by Lieutenant-General Jose de Escandon of Mexico.

 

Presidio La Bahia has the distinction of having had nine flags flown over the fort.

The Goliad Massacre occurred here on March 20, 1836.

The fort was restored in the mid-1960's by Kathryn Stoner O'Connor.

Archeology continues at Presidio La Bahia today. Many artifacts are still being found inside the fort.

 
 
Images From The Living History Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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