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Laredo, Texas – The Webb County Heritage Foundation will present a screening of the new documentary film, “Texas Before The Alamo, a Saga of Spanish Texas” on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustín Ave., in Laredo.

Filmed at historic sites in Texas and Mexico with noted historians and professional actors, “Texas Before The Alamo, a Saga of Spanish Texas” is about the founding of Texas and the Spanish who established Missions, Presidios and Trails now known as The Alamo, San Antonio and its Missions, Goliad, and El Camino Real de los Tejas. The film is dedicated to the research and tenacity of authors, archaeologists, historical organizations and researchers of Spanish Texas who have been consultants and producers for this project. Unrecognized and often criticized, they have labored for over a century in the Spanish Archives and at historic sites on the epic stories of the true pioneers of Texas.

The film answers pivotal questions about Texas history such as who founded the State’s most revered historical sites known today as the Alamo and Goliad; who named its rivers and established the trails that became known as El Camino Real de los Tejas; and why did the Spanish permanently settle Texas in the early 1700s, when the region possessed no mineral wealth?

“Texas Before The Alamo” tells the stories of Spanish soldiers and Franciscan priests in the struggle to keep France from settling Texas and reaching the source of Spain’s power – the silver mines of northern Mexico. It also treats the sacred and profane nature of the Mission system, and its attempt to colonize Native Tribes of Texas along El Camino Real de las tierras afueras.

The rich Mexican American culture in the U.S. descended in part from Spanish Texas, and was manifested by the establishment and unveiling of the prominent Tejano Monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol Building in 2012. This film is an outreach of that project and the efforts of historic preservation activists like Adina de Zavala, whose struggles ensured that the Franciscan Missions in San Antonio, including The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero), would survive to be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Noted historian and author Joe López and Dr. Felix D. Almaraz Jr. will be making historical presentations at the event in conjunction with the screening of the film.