This is the first general history of San Antonio, Texas, the seventh largest city in the nation. Its complex past ranges across 300 years, beginning with the community’s origins as a Spanish frontier town. Consequently, now a vital American mega-city, San Antonio is most celebrated for the iconic 1836 battle of the Alamo. This book demonstrates how environmental, political, and cultural pressures have shaped life in the Alamo City. Because of this rich past, activists from all sectors of this multicultural city believe in its promise and potential. With great detail, San Antonio: A Tricentennial History immerses readers in the city’s fascinating past.