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The Alamo
In the early 18th century, the Spanish constructed five San Antonio-are missions as way stations for colonial expansion. Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo, is the most famous.

In December 1835, Texan troops captured San Antonio and occupied and fortified the Alamo throughout the winter. On February 23, 1836, Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna led 2500 Mexican troops in an attack against it. Santa Anna's troops pounded the Alamo for 13 days before retaking it and executing almost all of the surviving defenders, including James Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett.

Admission: Free
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 17:30; Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
South of the Alamo lie the other four missions, including (from north to south) Concepción (1731), San José (1720), San Juan (1731) and Espada (1745-1756). Together, these four missions make up San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Mission San José, the most beautiful, is the site of the national park visitor center. Parts of the Mission Trail are served by VIA (San Antonio's bus system) and local tour companies.

Admission: Free
Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 17:00

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