Mission Concepcion

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Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña
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Mission Concepcion.
Mission Concepcion is located in Texas
Mission Concepcion
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Basic information
Location San Antonio, Texas
 USA
Geographic coordinates 29°23′25″N 98°29′30″W / 29.390318°N 98.491799°W / 29.390318; -98.491799Coordinates: 29°23′25″N 98°29′30″W / 29.390318°N 98.491799°W / 29.390318; -98.491799
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Architectural description
Architectural style Spanish
Completed 1731
Specifications
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Added to NRHP: April 15, 1970
NRHP Reference No. 70000740
Designated as NHL: NHL

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña (also Mission Concepcion) was established in 1716 as Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de los Hainais in East Texas. It was originally meant to be a base for converting the Hasinai. The mission was moved in 1731 to San Antonio. After its relocation most of the people in the mission were Pajalats who spoke a Coahuiltecan language.[1] Founded by Franciscan friars, this is the best preserved of the Texas missions.

The Battle of Concepción was fought here on October 28, 1835 between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement, is described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution" by historian J.R. Edmondson.[2]

Located at 807 Mission Road, Concepcion was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970 and is part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.[3] Restoration of the mission's interior was completed in March 2010 after six months of work. Catholic Mass is still held every Sunday.

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  1. ^ Juliana Barr, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007), p. 131
  2. ^ Edmondson, J.R. (2000), The Alamo Story-From History to Current Conflicts, Plano, TX: Republic of Texas Press, p. 224, ISBN 1-55622-678-0, OCLC 42842410 
  3. ^ Wayne Bell (1971), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Mission Concepcion PDF (360 KB), National Park Service 

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