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Please click here to see the presentation Steven Gonzales did earlier today for the Region 7 Educational Service Center Videoconference on El Camino Real.
Please see this link for more information about the Spanish Consulate Symposium and Exhibit taking place at Texas A&M University. The symposium takes place on November 3rd from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Please see this Special Edition of El Correo, El Camino Real's newsletter.
As the only non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that helps to protect the trail from one-end-to-the-other, we seek the support of people like you. We hope that you will join us in our cause to preserve this irreplaceable resource that led to the founding of Texas. Membership starts at just $35, and all donations are tax deductible. So we encourage you to join us on the trail and give El Camino Real de los Tejas the support and recognition it deserves. Without it, we would not be calling Texas “Texas” today! With you, we can ensure that this is not forgotten.
Please click here for a selection of photos from along El Camino Real de los Tejas.
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail stretches 2,580 miles across Texas and into Louisiana. Please see this map from the National Park Service for more details. You can also see a map, which shows the Regions of the Association, which are used solely to ensure geographic representation on our Board of Directors.
History of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association
El Camino Real de los Tejas was designated as a National Historic Trail in October 2004. In 2005 and 2006, the National Park Service began holding scoping meetings across Texas and Louisiana to find parties interested in working to protect and promote the trail. By late 2006, a task-force of trail advocates was working toward formalizing a volunteer trail organization. In 2007, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association was officially established as a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization.
A Brief History of El Camino Real de los Tejas
Spanish presence in the northeast quadrant of its new kingdom was expedited by the arrival of the Frenchman, René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, on the coast of Texas in 1685. In search of the mouth of the Mississippi River, La Salle instead over-sailed it and landed near present day Garcitas Creek. Word of the unintentional French landing in Texas reached Spanish officials in New Spain and inspired them to send out entradas, or military expeditions, in search of their colonial rivals.
The Christopher Talbot photographic exhibit, A photographic journey along El Camino Real de los Tejas, will be at the Yorktown Historical Museum from October 7th to November 25th. Please see this link for information on an opening reception for the exhibit taking place this Friday at the museum.