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San Antonio's Tricentennial

San Antonio's roots go back into the late 1600s, but it was made official in May 1718 when Fray Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Martín de Alarcón, Governor of Coahuila y Tejas established Mission San Antonio de Valero and Presidio San Antonio de Béxar.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

The San Pedro Creek Improvements Project got some unwelcome news, according to the San Antonio River Authority, which manages the project.

SARA’s public art curator Carrie Brown said that unwelcome news centers around the cost overruns for a large 45-foot-tall by 20-feet-wide piece of art titled "Plethora," which was commissioned by the county in celebration of the tricentennial.


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On this episode of Texas Matters, we look at:

  • The economy of Texas cattle drives. 
  • As San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial, we at two stories, beginning with a look at the art of 1718 (10:00).
  • Then, as the Alamo City celebrates its 300th birthday, there will more than a little tequila used in the celebration. Here's the story behind that smooth and firey inebriant and its tie to San Antonio (19:45).


Eddie Torres

This week on Fronteras:

  • Black women are dying either before or after childbirth in higher numbers than the rest of the Texas population.
  • The small South Texas city of Pharr is connecting homes with free broadband internet in an effort to close the digital divide (8:33).
  • Local composer Federico Chavez-Blanco has been commissioned to write music for San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration (14:15).


Federico Chavez-Blanco

Composer Federico Chavez-Blanco, who is a native of Mexico and San Antonio resident, has written music for telenovelas such as “Azul Tequila” and “Señora,” and on a number of films and documentaries.

He was commissioned to compose the music for this year’s San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations, and said scoring music for movies or TV depends on what the music director or music supervisor envisions for the program.


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From the outlaws Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh  — better known Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid — to the the debut of the "Ice Man" George Gervin in a Spurs uniform, to the nuptials of a young Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Doud, San Antonio’s history is as varied and colorful as the people who inhabit the Alamo City.

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