Acting on a decree from the king of Spain, the first Canary Islanders arrived in San Antonio in 1731, just thirteen years after the city's founding. In the intervening centuries, the descendants of those sixteen families became inextricably intertwined with the story of their chosen home. From the formation of the first city council to the siege of the Alamo, they contributed to the formative moments of San Antonio's legacy. Several of these descendants collected oral family traditions and combed archival records to preserve this important thread running through the rich tapestry of San Antonio's heritage.
About the Author
Hector R. Pacheco is a tenth-generation Tejano who has lived in San Antonio, Texas, all his life. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel, having served for more than twenty-nine years in both active and reserve United States Army and in two campaigns: Vietnam and Desert Storm. Mr. Pacheco is a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas (Alamo Chapter), past associate board member of the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas and Board of Trustees member of the La Trinidad United Methodist Church in downtown San Antonio. He is married to his wife of forty-four years, Sandra, and they have two daughters, Marissa and Iris Monique.
Table of Contents
Foreword Alfred Rodriguez 7
1 Texas Son: Unheralded Patriot Anthony Delgado 9
2 Concepcíon Charlí and My Canary Islands Connection Armandina Galan Sifuentcs 19
3 And I Am|Joann Herrera 31
4 The Canary Islands and Me Julia Lopez 34
5 Solving the Mystery of' Me and How I Came to Be Alice Calderon Rivera 41
6 Our Family Search for Ties to Early Texas Hector R. Pacheco 77
7 The Pacheco Family Heritage Robert Pacheco 101
8 Chronology of the Canary Islands Descendants' Founding and the San Antonio 250th Anniversary Committee Celebration Robert M. Benavides 111
About the Contributors 169