Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site

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Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site


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Ever wonder why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated? This day honors General Ignacio Zaragoza, who defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Visit his reconstructed birthplace adjacent to the Presidio to learn about this Texas-Mexican hero, born here in 1829. Descendants of the original town of La Bahía, the settlement that grew up around the Presidio, still live in the area today. Don't miss the adjacent Zaragoza statue, donated by the citizens of Puebla, Mexico.

The Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site is part of Goliad State Park. Goliad is one of the few places in North America where you can visit both an 18th century Spanish-Colonial mission and presidio (fort) complex, to understand the roles of the Catholic Church and the Spanish military in settling the New World.

Map of Zaragoza Birthplace (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 28.656023, -97.385473



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    Goliad State Park is 188.3 acres, located by Goliad in Goliad County. In 1931, acreage was accepted by the State Legislature from the City and County of Goliad and transferred to the State Parks Board in 1949.

    The park, located on the San Antonio River, contains a refurnished replica of Mission Nuestra Senora del Espíritu Santo de Zuniga, reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The mission was originally established in 1722 near Matagorda Bay and moved to its present site in 1749. This mission was the first large cattle ranch in Texas, supplying its own needs and those of Spanish colonial settlements as far away as Louisiana. The park also contains General Ignacio Zaragoza's Birthplace, Plaza, and Amphitheater, which are located near Presidio La Bahia. General Zaragoza assumed command of the rag-tag Mexican Army and welded it into a staunch fighting force, which met and defeated the French on May 5, 1862, in the Battle of Puebla, which led to Mexico's independence from France. Park property also contains the ruins of Mission Nuestra Señora del Rosario, established in 1754, located four miles west of Goliad on US Highway 59.



To get to the park, travel 1/4 mile south of Goliad on US Highway 183 and 77A.

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(361) 645-3405