Daughters of the American Revolution Event:

Batts Media Group had the pleasure of capturing a historic event that reflects the pride and heritage found in San Antonio. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) America 250 Patriots Marker project has been established to raise public awareness of the men and women who achieved American independence. The National Society’s goal is to place at least one marker in every state in advance of the nation’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2026. The Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to place the first America 250 marker in Texas at the Spanish Governor’s Palace in recognition of the essential contributions made by Spanish ranchers in the quest for American independence.

The event was filled with optimism, pride and hope as the members of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution were joined by national leaders of the storied organization. DAR members in attendance who participated directly in program were Pamela Wright (President General), Susan Greene Tillman (Vice President General, NSDAR), Lynn Young (Commissioner, U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission), Suzanne Marie Heske (Historian General, NSDAR), Kathryn Walker West (National Chair, America 250! Committee, NSDAR), Marcy Carter-Lovick (State Regent at TXDAR), Katherine Louise Johanns (State Chair, America 250! Committee, NSDAR), GeorgiAnne Uribe Brochstein (State Chaplain, Texas Society DAR), Donna Miller Raymond (Honorary State Regent), Judy Callaway Ostler (Honorary State Regent, Texas Society DAR) and Betty Sue Bird (State Historian, Texas Society DAR). In addition to the Daughters of the American Revolution members in attendance, governmental officials and representatives from many Hispanic heritage societies were present to participate in the historic occasion.

This project was unique in its efforts to highlight the sacrifice played by Spain in America’s freedom. The essential role played by Spain in the fight for American independence is not a story many of us learned in school, yet members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have traced their lineage to more than 500 Spanish Patriots who were residents of Spanish Louisiana or Nueva España, which included portions of the present-day states of Texas, California, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, as well as Mexico. Spain also supported American forces with money, food supplies, uniforms, blankets, medicines, weapons, and munitions.

In 1780, Carlos III, the King of Spain, issued a royal decree that all subjects in Nueva España make a voluntary contribution, or donativo, of one or two pesos to help fund the American Revolution. In 1781, Spain provided financing for the Battle of Yorktown with gold and silver coins collected in Havana, alleviating the financial difficulties faced by General George Washington and the Continental Army. Spain also financed French land and naval forces critical to the American war effort and ultimate victory at Yorktown. Here in Texas, Spanish ranching activity had reaching “astonishing proportions” in the 1770s and 1780s, as documented by the Honorable Robert H. Thonhoff in his seminal work “The Texas Connection with the American Revolution.” The area now occupied by present-day San Antonio was home to the Presidio de San Antonio de Béxar, which included the Spanish Governor’s Palace, residence of the presidio’s senior ranking officer.


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Spanish Governor’s Palace, San Antonio, Texas

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