New Publication: Rosters of Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1783

Rosters of Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1883 is an addendum to Jesse O. Villarreal Sr’s first publication Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1783. This new book contains documented rosters of the Presidial soldiers stationed at Presidio La Bahia del Espiritu Santo and San Antonio de Bexar at the time of the American Revolution. The names of these soldiers, on the rosters, are being accepted as Patriots into the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Details of Rosters of Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1783 are listed below:

1. This publication contains historical documentation of 51 rosters from 1776-1783, with 22 from San Antonio de Bexar and 29 from La Bahia del Espiritu Santo (now Goliad).

2. The main purpose of the presidial soldiers was to protect Tejano citizens, villas, ranchos, coast, and roads from hostile Indians and foreign enemies.

3. The rosters include the names of the soldiers who were detached to El Fuerte del Cibolo, a small outpost situated midway between the presidios at Bexar and La Bahia. Their main purpose was to protect the ranchos and roads between the two presidios. This small fort was located on San Bartolo Ranch, which was owned by the Andres Hernandez family. Its soldiers guarded cattle and horses which were eventually driven to General Bernardo de Galvez’s troops in Louisiana and Florida. This area was infiltrated with hostile Indians whose intent was to steal the cattle and horses and trade the to the British for guns and rifles.

This publication is now available for $25.00 plus $3.00 for shipping. Please contact jesseo2800@yahoo.com for ordering.

 

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2012 Presidio La Bahia Book Award

Jesse O. Villarreal, Sr. Receives 2012 Presidio La Bahia Book Award

On December 1, 2012, the 2012 Presidio La Bahia Award was presented to Jesse O. Villarreal, Sr. at the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, Texas for his book Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1783.  The award is presented by the Sons of the Republic of Texas to promote the suitable preservation of relics, appropriate dissemination of data, and research into our Texas heritage, with particular attention to the Spanish Colonial period.

Details of Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-1783 are listed below:

1. It’s a story about Tejanos in Goliad and San Antonio de Bexar who aided General Bernardo de Galvez by providing cattle to feed his troops fighting in the campaign against the British along the Gulf Coast between 1779-1782. The cattle drives to New Orleans were driven by the soldiers, vaqueros and Indians. In all, there were 12 of these cattle drives and totaled about 9,000 cattle.  The soldiers and civilians that aided in the American Revolution are in the Census of 1779 (Presidio San Antonio de Bexar) and 1780 (Presidio La Bahia del Espiritu Santo).     Also, The King of Spain, Carlos III, issued a decree on August 17, 1780, that “all Subjects in the Americas were to donate money.” He stated that Spanish citizens would donate 2 pesos and the Indians, one peso, toward the war effort.
The research with the Census of Goliad and San Antonio de Bexar shows who these people and soldiers were at the time of the American Revolution that contributed those (donativos) or donations.

2. This book is already being used as a Genealogy reference for anyone wanting to connect to the soldiers or general population and is available at the DAR library in Washington, D. C. and in the SAR library in Louisville, Ky.

3. Tejano Patriots of the American Revolution 1776-178, contains historical accounts of Mr. Villarreal’s ancestors and includes several of his great- grandfathers mentioned throughout the book.  A ninth generation Tejano, he descends from the first soldiers who arrived and settled in San Antonio de Bexar in 1718.  His ancestors include members of the Canary Islanders who established the Villa de San Fernando de Bexar in 1731 and also some of the first ranchers of Texas who later provided cattle for the troops of General Bernardo de Galvez during the American Revolution.

 

From left to right: David Hanover, KSJ President General of the SRT, Jesse O. Villarreal, Sr., and O. Scott Dunbar, KSJ Past President General of the SRT

 

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The American Revolution was a monumental event in our nation that continues to reverberate over the world even today.  We stand in awe of those brave and dedicated individuals who held steadfast to their beliefs of independence, individual freedom, and self-government. We are all familiar with the more famous revolutionaries such as Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lafayette, Rochambeau, Von Steuben, Pulaski, Kosciuszko, and many others.  We should remember, also, that Tejano names like Hernández, Carvajal, Menchaca, Rodríguez, Martínez, Cazorla, Curbelo, etc., were also contributors in the successful outcome of this struggle.  These were Spanish surnames of presidial soldiers, ranchers, vaqueros, citizens, and American Indians who lived in that part of New Spain known as Texas. We ask ourselves: Who all were they and what were their names? What was their daily life like? How did they help the American Revolution?

After three years of research, author Jesse O. Villarreal, Sr., has written and published a book titled TEJANO PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 1776-1783, which provides a three-fold effect:  firstly, it will enable the reader to answer the questions stated above; secondly, it provides enlightenment about facts that have been omitted from our history books much too long; and thirdly, it will assist individuals working on their genealogy.  This book, through collections of first person accounts and compilations of other historical documents, including complete rosters, provides a spotlight on a critical period in Texas.

This publication is now available on Amazon.com

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