San Antonio: Outpost of Empires

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San Antonio: Outpost of Empires is a vivid, honest portrayal in words and pictures of San Antonio's evolution over the course of nearly three centuries, from the days of colonists of New Spain to the defense of the Alamo to the inrush of a "jumble of races" to the rapid growth of the modern era. San Antonio's unique appeal is the pervasive ambience of a colorful, authentic past, aided by the preservation of much of the historic city's built environment. Here immigrants of all stripes labored to build a city that ...

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Overview

San Antonio: Outpost of Empires is a vivid, honest portrayal in words and pictures of San Antonio's evolution over the course of nearly three centuries, from the days of colonists of New Spain to the defense of the Alamo to the inrush of a "jumble of races" to the rapid growth of the modern era. San Antonio's unique appeal is the pervasive ambience of a colorful, authentic past, aided by the preservation of much of the historic city's built environment. Here immigrants of all stripes labored to build a city that on the one hand stands tall and gleaming, on the other seems unchanged from the 1920s, Victorian times or from the reign of Spanish kings. In these pages the faces of persons like Davy Crockett, Robert E. Lee, Theodore Roosevelt, Geronimo and Queen Elizabeth II mingle with those of Spanish missionaries, female aviators, traildrivers, chili vendors, firemen and birdsellers, as this book documents a remarkable city's march through time

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A poetic and insightful summary of the city's origins and development to the present day. The material is arranged chronologically and united around the central theme of the search for San Antonio's unique flavor. Some 140 superb illustrations accompany the author's text; several are published for the first time in his volume. While ultimately no city's aura is definable, Fisher offers enlightening reflections on San Antonio's distinctive combination of geographic isolation, mixture of peoples, and development as a frontier outpost under the governance of five successive parent nations. . . . [This book is] yet another testament to the legacy of a city that unites history, natural beauty, hospitality, cultures, and a festive spirit to form a singular mystique.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965150736
  • Publisher: Maverick Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,343,787
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis F. Fisher's other books about San Antonio include The Spanish Missions of San Antonio, San Antonio: Outpost of Empires, River Walk: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River and Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage.

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